1 Corinthians 13 (New King James Version)
1] Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2] And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3] And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4] Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5] does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6] does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8] Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9] For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10] But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11] When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12] For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13] And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
The Valentine's Day Effect
February is a big month for holidays: Groundhog Day (2nd), President's Day (16th), and Valentine's Day (14th). Asked to name just one, most of us would zero in on Valentine's Day the day for mushy cards, flowers and chocolates. It's good to have a day set aside for honoring that "Special Someone" in our lives. Every day should have a little of Valentine's Day in it. Read Paul's beautifully poetic description of love in 1st Cor.13. As you read, keep in mind that God's love is even greater, far beyond our understanding. To put human love in perspective, take time to meditate on John 3:16, Romans 5:8, and John 15:13. Now, consider how you can express your love and God's love in "God-ways."
For Today: Let God's Love guide your words and deeds.