Epistle: 1 Corinthians 12:31b-13:13

And I will show you a still more excellent way.

The Way of Love

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong
or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries
and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not
love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be
burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or
rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not
rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all
things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they
will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we
prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I
was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When
I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but
then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been
fully known.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is

P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.

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