“Now these three things remain—faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love!”— 1 Corinthians 13:13
The word “love” is often used and misunderstood along the journey of life … and countless hearts are broken along the way as a result. Yet this doesn’t have to be the case. God’s Word has clearly shown us the way regarding love.
I love the Message translation of 1 Corinthians 13. May God’s Word shine light on your path as you seek to love family, friends, and all who cross your path ❤️
The Way of Love
If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.
If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.
If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.
We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.
Here are 10 more inspirational quotes and Bible verses about God’s love. May each one be an encouragement to you
“The most loving thing we can do for others is love God more than we love them. For if we love God most, we will love others best.”—Jon Bloom
“Being loved is life’s second greatest blessing; loving is the greatest.”— Jack Hyles
“The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to love is now.”—Rick Warren
“In the New Testament, love is more of a verb than a noun. It has more to do with acting than with feeling. The call to love is not so much a call to a certain state of feeling as it is to a quality of action.”— R.C. Sproul
“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.”—Mother Teresa
“But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39
To God be the glory, great things He has done! May you find faith, hope, and love in His presence!
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