February 14 - 1 Corinthians 13.1-13

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1 Corinthians 13 What if I could speak all languages
of humans and of angels?
If I did not love others,
I would be nothing more than a noisy gong
or a clanging cymbal.
2What if I could prophesy
and understand all secrets and all knowledge?
And what if I had faith that moved mountains?
I would be nothing, unless I loved others.
3What if I gave away all that I owned
and let myself be burned alive?
I would gain nothing, unless I loved others.
4Love is kind and patient,
never jealous, boastful, proud, or 5rude.
Love isn't selfish or quick tempered.
It doesn't keep a record of wrongs that others do.
6Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil.
7Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.
8Love never fails!

Everyone who prophesies will stop,
and unknown languages will no longer be spoken.
All that we know will be forgotten.
9We don't know everything,
and our prophecies are not complete.
10But what is perfect will someday appear,
and what isn't perfect will then disappear.

11When we were children,
we thought and reasoned as children do.
But when we grew up, we quit our childish ways.
12Now all we can see of God
is like a cloudy picture in a mirror.
Later we will see him face to face.
We don't know everything, but then we will,
just as God completely understands us.
13For now there are faith, hope, and love.
But of these three, the greatest is love.

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