Nearly each week day I sit down to post my feeble thoughts on one chapter of God’s Message. In many cases, the daily chapter was written by a semitic prophet a long time ago in a land far, far away. Arcane metaphors and situational context sometimes require a little interpretation if a modern reader is going to find any applicable meaning in the text.
As I read today’s chapter, however, it strikes me that no further explanation is necessary. In the pre-dawn hour it seems silly of me to try and add anything to such a perfect passage. I’ll only get in the way. Many people confess to me that they rarely read the actual chapter I link to in my posts, but rather just read the verse I paste at the header and then read what I have written about it. That’s cool. I have no problem with that. Today, however, I want to step aside and I urge you to read this short chapter yourself:
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If 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 do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love 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. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When 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 the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a 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.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
That is all.