True Love: What Does It Mean?

14 February 2011

(disclaimer: not my photo)

"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." ~1 Corinthians 13

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." ~John 15:13

"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." ~1 John 4:9-11

"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." ~1 John 4:8

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." ~John 3:16

Happy Valentine's Day!

4 epistles:

  1. Happy Valentine's Day!! This is one of the many posts that are very inspiring this morning :))
    -Jocee <3

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  2. This is a wonderful post, Elizabeth! And the photo is so lovely! The verses certainly make one think, and the picture that the Bible paints of love is simply beautiful.

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  3. Ah, Mi Amore. What a delicate, sweet, and special post, Elizabeth Rose. You put it so splendidly- what true love is, I mean.

    Love You!

    Em

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