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# 1 Corinthians 13 The Message (MSG) ### The Way of Love 13 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2 If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. 3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. 8-10 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled. 11 When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good. 12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! 13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

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1 Sarah R = "The beginning verses of 1 Cor 13 are quoted by King & Country in their song, "The Proof of Your Love." See it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-2dKOfbC9c"
2 Sarah R = "When we read this chapter, we tend to picture the love between people: a couple, friends, siblings. 1 Cor 13 is a favorite at wedding ceremonies because of this description of love. We should read this chapter again, though, and picture instead: this is how God loves us. This is how we are loved by God. We. All. You. Me. Loved. By. God. Wow."
3 Sarah R = "When we first come to know Jesus we are like infants, drinking spiritual milk. Infants cannot live on milk forever, eventually they need more solid food. Likewise, we should grow in our Christian faith by taking in more solid food: the Bible - increasing in teaching, knowledge, wisdom and truth."