The Greatest Gift

"Though I speak with the tongues of men, and angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophesy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophesies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away with.

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now i know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love." -

I Cor. 13:1 - 13 NKJV

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Comments (24)

  1. magnocrat

    Its a job to fault such advice
    the puzzling part is the man who gives all he has to the poor is that not love in action?

    November 11, 2016
    1. willsblog

      Apparently you weren’t able to read nor understand what the scripture said. If I bestow (i.e. give), ALL my goods to feed the poor but have not love, I am nothing. Social programs and high taxation do NOT show love. The love has to be there ALREADY. Forcing people to give is NOT love at all, it is fascism.

      November 11, 2016
  2. magnocrat

    Surely the apostle is talking about an individual ‘Although I ect but you have translated this into politics.
    I confess there is much I do not understand in the Bible and I will not pretend to understand what I don’t.

    November 12, 2016
    1. willsblog

      I haven’t “translated” anything. Once a person is saved (i.e. blood bought and born again), they are forever changed. To even attempt to separate myself, what I have experienced, what I know to be right and wrong, where I am going when I die and how I live my life daily from “politics” is absurd. To know God and yet advocate for slavery, high taxation, lawlessness, criminality, lies, propaganda, murder and misrepresentation is not godly, not biblical and not Christian.

      November 12, 2016
  3. magnocrat

    Read the passage forget politics.
    ’ Though I bestow all MY - all in the singular first person.
    We must not use the Bible to beat a political drum.
    Keep calm read the words and consider them.

    November 12, 2016
    1. willsblog

      So you are saying that the Leftists FORCING people to “bestow all” is somehow “loving”? I guess you really don’t understand God nor His word…

      November 13, 2016
    2. jlynn-mylife

      I agree that it is a singular focus, so to bring political programs into the discussion of these verses is taking things out of context…or trying to put things into the wrong context.

      BUT having said that, although it is definitely rare it is certainly possible for someone to give up all their possessions without love being part of the equation. Most commonly, people do good things without love out of a sense of obligation. Especially when they grow up in a legalistic religious system. People may also do good, sacrificial things to make themselves look good or feel important. If they believe that doing good works will get you to heaven (ex. Catholicism) they may do good things all day every day, but only because they want to make sure they get into heaven. So, depending on your motivation, giving up all you have to the poor could be love in action, or it could be selfishness in action.

      November 14, 2016
      1. willsblog

        Exactly correct. Doing the right things for the wrong reason will get one nowhere.

        November 14, 2016
      2. magnocrat

        Obligation is a good thing surely it connects us to others and pulls us in the right direction. Christianity was born from a legalistic system and it is for our own good we live under the law.
        You must not run down Catholicism it keeps many on the straight and narrow.
        Did not Jesus say ‘if you would be PERFECT sell all you have and follow me’?

        November 14, 2016
        1. willsblog

          Obligation TO GOD is a “good thing”. Obligation TO MAN is a bad thing and completely goes AGAINST what God says in His word. I want to be connected to God NOT men. Christianity was NOT “born from a legalistic system” it was MEN who twisted “Christianity” to suit themselves NOT God. Thus the saying, all have fallen short and gone their own way.

          November 14, 2016
  4. magnocrat

    You are wrong before the coming of Christ Gods chosen people were the Jews and they lived by old testament law. Jesus came not to abolish the law but to fulfill the law. The first Christians were Jews as was Jesus himself.
    Obligation to men is a Christian calling ’Love your neighbor as yourself ’
    An impossible task but one we should attempt.

    November 14, 2016
    1. willsblog

      I’m not “wrong”… Get yourself a dictionary and look up the word “fulfill” before you castigate someone and have no clue what you are talking about! As far as you’re obvious “obligation” to human beings, go with that. When the Lord returns and you are before Him, you can tell Him how you felt “obligated” to follow men rather than Him…

      November 14, 2016
  5. magnocrat

    Keep calm I have no wish to confront but I must give my point of veiw.
    You need to broaden your perspective you have become fixated on a self-centred theme. Break out before its too late; think things through again quietly . Christianity is like a broad ocean of truth that can be veiwed from many different angles.
    Be bold throw off your chains ; strike for freedom.

    November 14, 2016
    1. willsblog

      Laugh out loud!, don’t flatter yourself. There is nothing that you nor any other Liberal could say that would make me anything but calm. “Self centered theme”? I believe it is YOU that is self centered. My focus is, has been and will always be God. There is ONE God, ONE Son, ONE Holy Spirit and there is ONLY ONE “truth” rather than the nonsense that you claim to be “truth”. God’s word is the ONLY TRUTH. As His word says, He is THE way, THE truth and THE life.

      November 15, 2016
  6. magnocrat

    Don’t mock me I am genuine. I do not claim to be a theologian or expert and there is much I don’t know, and even more I don’t understand. Im not liberal but quite conservative in my veiws.
    You need to broaden your outlook. It will be a great release of anger and tension in your character. A new lease of life at last you will find peace of mind, rest for your tortured soul.

    November 15, 2016
    1. willsblog

      Being “genuine” means that you are sincere and not arrogant. What I got from your comments was neither genuine nor sincere. “A great release of anger and tension”? You REALLY aren’t an expert are you? I am neither angry nor tense! I also am not intimidated, confused, belittled or taken aback. You claim on one hand to not be an “expert” nor “theologian” but then make arrogant claims as if you someone knew that I was angry or tense (you aren’t and I’m not). Maybe it’s just your own self assuredness coming out but either way you are absolutely incorrect about everything. My “peace of mind” comes from Christ, what He did, what He endured and what He sacrificed for us. My “tortured soul”??? If you had a clue about scripture you’d know that there are NO “tortured souls” except those serving the devil. God gives the peace that passes understanding so once again you are incorrect in your assessment. Rather than make wild, presumptuous and incredibly wrong accusations why not put a little of that energy into actually reading and studying scripture so that you are better able to know what God actually says to those who follow Him?

      November 15, 2016
  7. magnocrat

    I think we all need self assurance to exist in a complex world but we must not let our self assurance smother others.
    I dabble in most subjects you might say jack of all trades master of none.
    Do not confuse self assurance with super confidence of being right.

    November 16, 2016
    1. willsblog

      “Self assurance”? Is that Liberal-Speak for arrogance the way “Pro-Choice” is Liberal-Speak for murder? Maybe it’s Liberal-Speak for more taxation, more regulation, less freedom and more government? I’m not “confusing” anything I am merely going by your very own words. As I’ve mentioned before, you say one thing one minute and then say another thing. Your spiritual condition is evidenced by your double-mindedness.

      November 16, 2016
  8. magnocrat

    You know as well or better than I do how important the law is to make society safe and even the freest countries in the world need good governance.
    For my part I would tighten the law and enforce it but that would cost money and most tax payers would vote it down. If the huge sums spent on education were redirected we could achieve a safer UK.

    November 17, 2016
    1. willsblog

      The “law” is important ONLY because humans do whatever they feel like regardless of what it may do to others. Humans are brutal and always have been. Humans are sinful and always have been. We don’t deserve what God has given but, because He loves us He freely gives anyway. As far as the UK is concerned, I have no clue. Knowing about my own country’s criminal conduct and lack of government is sufficient for me without trying to look at other countries.

      November 17, 2016
  9. magnocrat

    You really must stop putting all humanity in the same boat. Some humans are brutal and do not regard others.The majority have a measure of care for those around them and some very exceptional individuals live for the sake of others having no thought for themselves.

    November 17, 2016
    1. willsblog

      Once again you claim that you aren’t an “expert” yet you turn around and make the claim that “all humanity” are not in the same boat. Apparently you believe yourself to be more knowledgable or more of an expert than God. In the Bible it also puts all humanity “in the same boat” when it says “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. I guess you fancy yourself more highly…

      November 17, 2016
  10. magnocrat

    To say all have sinned and fallen short does not mean they are all the same.
    Do you wish to be counted among criminals and drop outs, such talk is nonsense.
    There is direct evidence all around us to trash such a veiw. It is a crude and meaningless Gospel.
    Even secular justice reconises the different degrees of criminality.

    November 18, 2016
    1. willsblog

      Sin is sin regardless of how “secular judges” view it. You can discount and ignore scripture all you want but, just remember that I told you that the Bible is how God will judge us and there WON’T be any “secular judges” present when He does.

      November 18, 2016