Perfect Love: (Part 1…Love- What it Really is and Why We Should Be Glad)

Originally posted on January 12, 2010 at 2:01 am.

Scripture reference;


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.  1Corinthians 13:4-13  NIV

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  1John 4:8 NIV


1Corinthians 13 is a favorite passage of scripture for many.  In that passage one will find the most accurate description of true love that has ever been penned.  On a number of occasions I have used this passage to measure the quality of my own love for both God and people, only to find that my love always fell short. This was discouraging.  Well, one day while pondering this dilemma I suddenly remembered another verse, 1John 4:8…” He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”  Then I pondered “God is Love, so maybe I should substitute ‘God’ for the word ‘Love’ or ‘Charity’.”   Then there is the first part of 1 John 4:8…OUCH! We can love, but we don’t love perfectly… but Jesus does!

So the NIV version of 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 would go like this:
“God is patient, God is kind. He is not proud. He is not rude, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. He does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
God 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 God. But the greatest of these is God.

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord?  Please click on “Very Important Words” on the left margin of this page and make sure.

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5 Comments

  1. May 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Teresa, I love when the Holy Spirit speaks such truth to His children, and we listen and share. This made me laugh that you would have done the same thing with this scripture as I did without my knowing you had. But God knew. He has such a sense of humor! Peace, Linda

  2. May 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Linda,
    It is a type of witness or confirmation. The same thing happened to me and my daughter yesterday about 1 John 4:18.

    Theresa

  3. December 14, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Reblogged this on Moore to Ponder.

  4. Debbie said,

    December 16, 2013 at 3:46 am

    I love how you put God’s name in for LOVE. 😀 What a beautiful heart for Him you have! Thank you for sharing your heart and His with us.
    love and prayers!


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