Love


Back in my elementary days, some of my classmates, specifically the girls, have their custom-made slum book. They ask friends–especially their crushes to fill it up. Now we have friendster profile. What’s your name, nickname, likes, dislikes, who’s your crush among other things. Then there’s a part where you define life’s most amazing phenomena–LOVE.

I’m sure one time or another we’ve filled up a such a document and was asked to define love. Certainly, we’ve come up with various definition of love but I think The Word defines it best. Happy Valentine’s, read on.

1 Corinthians 13

Love

1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

2If 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 have not love, I am nothing.

3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love 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.

9For we know in part and we prophesy in part,

10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.

11When 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.

12Now 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.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is LOVE.

And probably the greatest love story in the Bible:

John 3:16 (New International Version)

16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

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