1)If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not 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 have not love, I am nothing.
3)If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not 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 is not rude, 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.
Is your love patient and kind? Is it able to suffer long, to endure every strain placed upon it in human relations, and still love? Is your love as steadfast in pointing to God’s love as is the needle of the compass in pointing to the north? Is your love undiscouraged even by repeated ingratitude and recurrent failures on the part of others? Patience and kindness are the fruits of having Christ live in you. Are you nourishing your life upon His life by prayer and worship and studying His word? If so, the fruit of patient and kind love will grow and will be available for the healing of other lives.
Are we giving the kind of love we seek from God?
Teach me, Father, when I pray, Not to ask for more, But rather let me give my thanks For what is at my door. For food and drink, for gentle rain, For sunny skies above, For home and friends, for peace and joy, But most of all for love.