"If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others,
I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had faith that I could move mountains, but I didn’t love others, I would be nothing.
If I gave everything I have to the poor and sacrificed my whole life, I could brag about it, but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
Love is patient and kind.
Love is not jealous or boastful or proud.
Love is not rude.
It doesn’t demand its own way.
It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
Love does not rejoice about injustice.
Love cheers whenever the truth wins.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
Speaking in unknown languages and having special knowledge will become useless.
But love will last forever!
Right now, the knowledge we have about life is incomplete, and even what God tells us reveals only a part of the whole picture. God’s timing is perfect and God knows more than we could ever imagine, so we cannot rely on having knowledge without having love.
When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I learned more and put away childish thoughts and reasoning. Right now, we see things in the world imperfectly, like blurry reflections in a mirror, but in God’s perfect timing, we will see and understand everything with perfect clarity.
Everything that I know now is just part of the whole story of life, but in God’s perfect timing, I will know everything completely, just as God knows me completely.
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—
and the greatest of these is
1 Corinthians 13:1-13