Blogger Belinda Burston wondered how 1 Corinthians 13 would read if she substituted God for the word love. After all, 1 John 4:8 says that God is love. While you read this, do take the time to think about how this God of love wants to impact your life.
1 Corinthians 13 -13:1-3:
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have God, 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 God, 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 God, I gain nothing.
God is patient, God is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud.
He does not dishonor others, Heis not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs.
God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
God 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 God. But the greatest of these is God (NIV).
Prayer: Dear, wonderful God of love, help us to accept your love and be grateful. Amen.