13:1-8 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not
love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging 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,
but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the
poor, and though I give
my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself,
is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its
own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures
all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there
are prophecies, they will
fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there
is knowledge, it will
vanish away.” (NKJV)
Love or Agape in the Greek is defined wonderfully
here by Paul the Apostle. Love is patient
love is kind, love neither envies nor seeks its own, love bears all things,
believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things, love never
fails. Now back in 1 Corinthians 11:28 Paul told us “let a man examine himself”.
Now chapter thirteen gives us an opportunity to do just that. What we see Paul
doing here is telling us not how love feels but how love acts. If I’m going to
examine myself by the way love acts then I have to ask myself, “How do I measure
up?” Take a moment and insert your name every time you come across the word - love.
How did you do? Do you feel like you measured up? Honestly, I fall short when I
insert my name into this verse. But if I substitute my name for the name of
Jesus, His name fits perfectly!
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