Posted on April 29, 2013 at 11:05 AM
Recently I was given an assignment to write 1 Corinthians 13 in my own words. I thought you might be interested in my take on it. This should be taken as my thoughts or commentary on the chapter, not a definitive translation or paraphrase.
- Though I am an awesome orator, and my words flow smoothly, and I can influence all people to live by altruistic ideals and patriotism and generosity, but I’ve lost my love, I’m just a rattling tin can!
- Or, what if I can hear what God says and I tell to other people? What if I know the dictionary AND the encyclopedia, AND I’m full of faith-power so that roads, hills, lakes, and buildings obey me? What then? Well, do I have love? No? Then I might as well not exist.
- Or what if I’m the most generous philanthropist in the world? What if I just give money away until all the money is gone, and I even give my body to medical research, but I’m empty of love? No payoff for me!
- Lovers practice kindness and patience. Lovers aren’t loudmouths about their own abilities.
- Lovers reject rudeness. Lovers give other people the chance to decide what happens next.
- Lovers love and laugh with truth and hate and reject lies and deceit.
- Lovers hold up burdens, they believe the best, they hope for the best, and they endure the worst. Always.
- Love just goes on and on and on. Hearing God speak and repeating what he says is going to end one day. So will those beautiful words. So will knowing that I know things. Only love os endless.
- Right now we are partial, incomplete. There is so much we don’t know. Even hearing God and repeating what he says is incomplete.
- One day, though, the complete will show up. That’s the day that the incomplete will vanish.
- I used to be immature. My thinking was immature. My speaking was immature. But when I grew up to manhood, I left my immaturity behind.
- But even as I reach maturity, I am still incomplete. I look through foggy glasses. Therefore, the people I see are a little foggy. When I look at God, he is a little foggy (because of my glasses). But a day is coming--oh what a day!--when those glasses are comin’ off! Whoohoo! Then, I’ll see clearly. Then, my limitations of knowing him will be GONE!
- So, there are these three great qualities: faith/risk, faith/hope, and love. Among these three, love stands out. It is head and shoulders and chest and waist above the rest.