Web Site Article for February 2020
1 Corinthians 13
1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 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 do not have love, I am nothing.
3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It does not dishonor
others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always
8 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.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
11 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 the ways of childhood behind me.
12 For now we see only a 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.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
A number of years ago I heard a Christian comedian say, “If we spend our time the do’s in the Bible we won’t have time to do the don’ts.”
I always loved that, especially when it comes to God’s love. A lot of the time when we hear people speak from 1 Corinthians 13 we hear some of the positive but a lot of the what not to do. That is why I have it for you above with a special highlight of the positive aspects of God’s love. I believe if we take the time to focus on what God wants His love to do through us we won’t have time to do the don’ts.
This February let God’s love shine through you, the darkness always flees from the light of His love and shows others a better way.
Jim Vogt Cornerstone Chaplain