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Notice that true love is an activity, not a feeling that we fall “into” or “out of.”

BibleGateway: 1 Corinthians 13

ESV Text: 1 Corinthians 13

KJV Text:

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KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 13:

     1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

     4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

     8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 623:
O Perfect Love

— Organ Audio

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1. O perfect Love, all human thought transcending, 
Lowly we kneel in prayer before Thy throne 
That theirs may be the love which knows no ending, 
Whom Thou forevermore dost join in one. 

2. O perfect Life, be Thou their full assurance 
Of tender charity and steadfast faith, 
Of patient hope and quiet, brave endurance, 
With childlike trust that fears nor pain nor death. 

3. Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow; 
Grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife 
And to life’s day the glorious unknown morrow 
That dawns uopn eternal love and life.