June 12, 2011

Love.

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If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love,
I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,
and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love,
I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,
but have not love,
I gain nothing.

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.

Love never fails.

But where there are prophecies, they will cease;
where there are tongues, they will be stilled;
where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
but when perfection comes, the imperfect 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 remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13


Just pondering love on this day, my 18th wedding anniversary ... :-)

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8 comments:

Clare said...

Happy anniversary!!

It's difficult to say that certain words are the most beautiful in Scripture, because it contains so much beauty... but those words are definitely close and precious to me.

God bless you!

Becky said...

Happy Anniversary. I've been subscribed for a while; share a lot in common with you - mother of three boys, Christian, photographer. Love what you do and love the sense of peace and calm that I get from all your posts.

Tracy P. said...

Wow! Happy anniversary!!

You captured this--"Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face."--perfectly. Marriage is such a treasured and yet incomplete picture of what is yet to come.

essiejane said...

Happy anniversary! Love these verses.... =)

Anita Johnson said...

I actually remembered it was your anniversary, ours is tomorrow...30 years! Congratulations....beautiful, beautiful photo as always....

Heather said...

**Happy** Anniversary, Susan, and many, many well-wishes for a glorious 19th year!!

Life with Kaishon said...

18 years.
Beautiful.

Becky said...

This is beautiful! Congratulations!