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Bible Notes

1 Corinthians 13:8-13 (06.09.19)

1 Corinthians 13:8-13 NIV
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.

Our faith gives us many great things. The church in Corinth was fascinated by the more flashy spiritual gifts such as prophecy, perhaps we are taken by modern expressions of worship, or preaching, or even simply the joy of being a family. These are all good things, and my choices here are only a selection. But Paul and others continually come back to love and make that the thrust of their message because all of these other things are simply temporary, here for this age, and are here as tools with which to demonstrate love. Love is the master, these are its servants, because God is love and love is eternal. Use and celebrate these things, but only in the context of being, expressing love and worshipping Love.

Many we deepen our appreciation of love as we catch glimpses of you today.

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