I’m working on 1 Corinthians these days and chanced upon this (1 Cor 13) once more:‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.’
Most people stop right here but the completion of this entire chapter actually makes a whole lot more sense than if we were to take it basely on human relationships:
‘Love never fails. But when there are prophecie, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part, prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfection disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remains: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.’
Thank you, Paul, for reminding us through Corinth that we are all but a poor reflection of what Christ is and the hope that one day we will see Perfection face to face and all knowledge-seeking ends in the fulfillment of all that we *need* to know.
The greatest of all is Love.
God is Love.
God is Jesus.
I love you, Jesus 🙂
p/s yay, my flower power Bible 🙂