Love and Spiritual Gifts
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
(1) If I speak in languages of men or of angels but do not live a life of love, I’m nothing more than noisy gongs and clanging cymbals. (2) If I have the gift of prophecy, and can understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have great faith that can move mountains, but I do not live a life of love, I’m nothing. (3) If I give everything I own to the poor, and give over my body to hardships (probably martyrdom) but do not live a life of love, I’m nothing.
The Characteristics of Love
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
(4) Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; love is not proud (5) or rude. It is not self-seeking, nor easily angered. It is not resentful, it keeps no record of wrongs done against you. (6) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. (7) Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres through all things. (8) Love never fails!
The Spiritual Gifts Will End
1 Corinthians 13:8-13
(8) But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are spiritual languages (tongues), they will cease; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. (9) For we know and prophesy in part, (10) but when the perfect comes (the second coming of Christ), what is temporary (partial) will come to an end. (11) When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult, I put behind me all of my childish ways. (12) For now we see only a blurry (imperfect) reflection, as in a metal mirror, but then (at the second coming of Christ) we will see face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will have full knowledge—even as I am fully known.
(13) And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.