To Know Love . . . ♥

It is that time of year again … where those of us that do not have love mourn and those of us who do are reminded to celebrate. Love of anything or anyone is the most powerful human emotion … it can make us feel our best and it also cause us the most pain. Love does more than the common saying “Love makes the world go round” claims, it makes life worth living …. What is life without giving, accepting and sharing meaningful love?
Although used at many weddings, the following reading is really about all types of love … love of self, love of spouse, family, friend, neighbor, stranger ….
Our purpose in life is to love one another and I don’t believe any words could explain that better than these:

If I speak in human and angelic tongues,
but do not have love,
I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal.
And if I have the gift of prophecy,
and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge;
if I have all faith so as to move mountains,
but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give away everything I own,
and if I hand my body over so that I may boast,
but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It is not jealous, it is not pompous,
It is not inflated, it is not rude,
it does not seek its own interests,
it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury,
it does not rejoice over wrongdoing
but rejoices with the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails.

If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing;
if tongues, they will cease;
if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing.
For we know partially and we prophesy partially,
but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
When I was a child, I used to talk as a child,
think as a child, reason as a child;
when I became a man, I put aside childish things.
At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror,
but then face to face.
At present I know partially;
then I shall know fully, as I am fully known.
So faith, hope, love remain, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.

(1 Corinthians 13)

Let us all know love during our lives . . .
In the end, all we get to take with us is what we can stuff into our hearts.♥

~ by bearyweather on February 11, 2010.

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