The Greatest is Love

I Corinthians 13:1-13

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February 12, 2017

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INTRODUCTION

Our passage today is found in I Corinthians 13:1-13 and I am reading in the New International Version:

13 If I speakGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » in the tongues of men or of angelsThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... », but do not have lovePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... », I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecyProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... ». 3 If I giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » all I possess to the poorLiberation Theology's Concept of "Poor". Read more ... » and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not selfJesus is Missing!. Read more ... »-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evilThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » but rejoices with the truthHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... ». 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 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 awayNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... ». 9 For we knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a manYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... », I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflectionHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » 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.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! This month we are celebrating Valentine’s Day, others say, Happy Hearts Day. But what’s the background of this celebrationMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... »? I lifted the following information from the popular Wikipedia:

Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the FeastWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » of Saint Valentine,[1] is an annual holiday celebrated on February 14. It originated as a Western ChristianI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » liturgical feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentinus, and is recognized as a significant cultural and commercial celebration in many regions around the worldJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », although it is not a public holiday in any country.

Several martyrdom stories associated with the various Valentines that were connected to February 14 were added to later martyrologies, including a popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of RomeA Poem for all Mothers. Read more ... » which indicated he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to ChristiansThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... », who were persecuted under the Roman“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » Empire. According to legendThe Legend of Arevalo. Read more ... », during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed“I was Blind, Now I See”. Read more ... » the daughter of his jailer, Asterius, and before his execution, he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowersMother’s Value Far Exceeds the Finest Jewels. Read more ... », offeringThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heartThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... »”, as wellJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... » as to childrenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », in order to ward off epilepsy (called Saint Valentine’s Malady).Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given wayHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » to mass-produced greeting cards.

Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the LutheranThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » Church. Many parts of the Eastern Orthodox ChurchThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » also celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6 and July 30, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » of Interamna (modern Terni) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine’s_Day).

Based on the background or historyIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... », Valentine’s Day was based or founded on love. But what is love? Love is self-giving. Love is forgiving. Love is goodThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » affection. Probably everyone of you has his/her own definitions of love.

I asked several persons and I asked “What’s the meaning of Valentine’s Day for you?” Here are some of their answers:

Another related questions are: How can we love the unlovable? How can you love them if they did you injustices? How can you love them if they don’t care about you? How can you love somebody if he/she cheats you? How can you love him/her if he/she hurt you?  As a human beingCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... », you might say you want to killThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » the person, or retaliate with hateWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » and injustice. I cannot blame you.

However, if the graceWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » of God is with usGod is With Us. Read more ... », it will soften our hearts and help us to forgiveHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » and love the unlovable. It is like dry field that needs rain to soften the dry soilThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... », and when it is soft already, that’s the time to sow it. Afterwards, the farmerThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » will plant new seedsThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... ». After sometime, the seeds will sprout, and will grow into new plants and new beings!

Valentine’s Day is not complete“It is Finished!”. Read more ... » and meaningful without genuine love. As our passage says, “13 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. 2 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. 3 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.”

We cannot love if our hearts are dry like the dry field. We need the grace of God to soften our hearts and preparePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » to love again amidst hate, injustices, cheating, lies, and pain. If the grace of God is within us, then this kind of love will be shown in us,  since love is “patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.”

 

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