13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.2 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.3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 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.9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.11 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.12 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.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Here in the “love chapter” we find Paul’s admonition about love. Notice he starts by listing gifts, like prophecy and attributes, like all knowledge and states, without love these are essentially worthless, clanging gongs or what amounts to nothing.
I remember when my first pastor taught on this and he had everyone in the congregation insert their name in verses 4 through 7.
4 L.A. is patient, L.A. is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud.5 He does not dishonor others, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. 6 He does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.7 He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
It’s laughable, isn’t it?
Paul continues telling us: But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues,they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
In other words, much of what we think is important, in the end won’t amount to a hill of beans. What will matter is the love we have for one another.
Yeshua tells us: They will know you are my followers by the love you have for one another.
It’s not really about anything else but love and this love, what the Greeks called Agape, comes from the indwelling of the Spirit of the Living God.
I was at Prophecy Watchers a while back and Gary Stearman came up to me and with a twinkle in his eye stated: L.A. God is love! Thanks Gary, I needed to hear this and your statement made me go to 1 Corinthians 13, where I have been reading every day since. May I suggest reading it every day and see what happens. We need to wash our minds with the word. Pray that our Father will show us how to walk in love. In the end it’s all that really matters.