Monday, November 20, 2006

1 corinthians 13

my dear friend the traveler reminded me about these verses the other day so i went and reread them. gosh! i want to print them out and stick em up on my wall, they're so lovely.

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.

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.

If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

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 away.

For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect 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 childish ways behind me.

Now we see but a poor 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 love. But the greatest of these is love.

paul got it right sometimes, at least. now if only we could do something about that "women, shut up" part.

4 comments:

fp said...

Women are told to learn in silence with attitude of subjection in formal church settings based on creation order. (1 Timothy 2:12-15) However, learning in silence was common practice for any rabbinical student at the time.

Gender distinction does not endorse oppression or abuse of authority since in all the texts those in leadership are given mandates to rule with godliness and love and that love must be subject to Christ's example.

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"ON THE
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sojourness said...

aw, and here i thought you would be proud of my post. i guess i screwed it up with that last part.

btw i just got the forms in the mail. thank you!! and thanks for the cards and stuff, you're a sweetheart.

Anonymous said...

OMG, you cannot be serious. i was JUST gonna post this on my blog and decided to read yours first, and here it is :)

i got a cheesy fwd from someone that was somewhat heartwarming. in it, it said : love may be blind but friendship is clairvoyant

fp said...

i'm always proud :)