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It endures all things

Verse 7: “It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

My granny used to say, “Love is blind, marriage opens the eyes!”

And she was right, love is blind. Whether we are married or remain ‘unclaimed treasures,’ love is the hard work of walking with friends and family irrespective of the journey, the hard work of refraining from cynicism, the hard work of believing that God, in His friendship with us, is blinded by reckless love and invites us to do the same in our love of others.

Prayer

“O Love that fires the sun, keep me burning…” * grant that by Your Spirit, I might love as you love, blindly, recklessly, completely. Amen

* From Bruce Cockburn’s ‘Lord of the Starfields’

1 Corinthians 13: 1-13

1 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. 9 For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10 but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

 
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