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1 Corinthians 13 (Love) (5:07)

by Jason Silver (played 25 times)

 

1 Corinthians 13, a chapter in the Bible about love, is so well known as scripture read at weddings. It's so much more than just a few wedding verses. I'd like to share some of my thoughts today.

When I think about true love, children come to mind. A child's heart is so innocent, and their love is unblemished by disappointment and pain. You can see it in their eyes, as they look to their parents; a spark of something like adoration in their eyes. They just love, maybe by instinct.

From the other side, lets consider the love a parent has for their child. Yes, there are bad parents, but most would do anything, even give their life to save their children.

I remember the feeling of holding my tiny, vulnerable babies in my arms (we have four children), and feeling overwhelmed with waves of powerful emotions. We are given an opportunity to take part in creation, and the responsibility of caring for and protecting these little ones can weigh heavy on one's soul.

I think that's why it's such an appropriate comparison to call ourselves children of the heavenly Father. We are his babies, and he holds us in his arms, looking on us with compassion and love. How he'd like to gather us under his wings, as a hen gathers her chicks. We make a mess of our lives, but his love never changes. He is always there waiting to embrace us back into the family.

What is your relationship to the Father of love? Are you safe in his arms, or running away like a rebellious teenager, overcome by their pain and disappointment? Come home, and immerse yourself in the love of God.

Amen

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Lyrics

If I speak in the tongues of men or angels
But have not love,
I am only a noisy gong or clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy,
Understand all things,
Have a faith that can move the mountains
But have not love,
I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor,
And I give my body so I may boast,
But have not love-
I gain nothing.

Chorus:
Love is patient, love is kind
Does not envy, does not boast,
It is not proud.
Is not rude, no selfishness,
Not provoked, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil,
Rejoices with the truth,
Always protects, and trusts, and hopes, and perseveres,
Love never ends.

If there are prophecies,
They will be set aside.
Tongues will be stilled,
And knowledge will pass away.
For we know in part, and prophesy in part,
But when perfection comes
The partial will disappear.

When I was a child, I talked and reasoned
Just like a child.
When I grew, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
Now we see a reflection as a mirror,
But then, face to face.
Now I know in part, then I shall know fully,
Like I'm fully known.

And now three remain, they're faith, hope and love-
And now three remain, they're faith, hope and love,
But the greatest of these is love.

Love is patient, love is kind
Does not envy, does not boast,
It is not proud.
Is not rude, no selfishness,
Not provoked, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil,
Rejoices with the truth,
Always protects, and trusts, and hopes, and perseveres,
Love never ends.

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