“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 –
Of all the verses in the Bible, and I’ve read them all many times, this is one of a small group that has made the most lasting of impressions upon me. The entire section, commonly known as “The Love Chapter” (of which the above verse is the last line) is quite possibly one of the most-read sections of the Bible that exists. It has been transcribed onto plaques, and superimposed on pictures, and bookmarks, and I’ve even seen it on a set of pillow-cases. So for the few out there who haven’t already seen it, I thought I would take advantage of the right of every person to transcribe small parts of the Bible and “reblog” The Love Chapter” as a fitting way to end a challenge I’ve truly enjoyed.
And now I will show you the most excellent way.
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.
-The Apostle Paul First Letter to the Corinthians –
And now…my challenges…
- Maria F. at “The Tropical Flowering Zone” who is a relatively new visitor to my site, who took my breath away when I visited her site and saw all her amazing pictures of exotic plant life (me + plants + pictures = a winning combo).
- One of the warmest Bloggers I know, Jessica, over at “Send Sunshine” . (And she always does.) And..
Well, that’s embarrassing, I told you guys I don’t know anyone (or can’t always remember due to whatever). Anyway, I’ll find a third person later today. In the meantime, stay healthy, and safe, and happy. We’ll see you later.