1 Corinthians 13 [Clear Word]

16. A WINSOME NETWORK

[1 Corinthians 12:31 - No, we don't all have the same gifts. It's not wrong to want additional gifts as long as you don't want them in order to function outside the body. But let me tell you about the very best fruit of the Spirit.] 1 If I had the gift of speaking any language, including the language that angels use, but didn't have love, I would be like a noisy gong or clanging cymbals. 2 If I had the gift of predicting the future and could understand all science and fathom all knowledge, or if I had so much faith that I could move mountains, but didn't have love, it would be worthless. 3 If I gave everything I had to the church and had enough money to feed the world, or if I became a martyr by being burned to death for Christ, but didn't have love, all such acts would count for nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind. It doesn't envy, and it doesn't focus on itself or puff up with its own importance. 5 Love is never rude nor does it behave unbecomingly. It's not interested in its own advantages. It doesn't keep a record of wrongs. Love thinks the best. 6 Love doesn't enjoy evil, but finds joy in truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes for all things and endures all things. 8 Love will not fail. One day prophesying will end, and the gift of speaking different languages will also end. Much of what we've learned will vanish. 9 Our present knowledge is not complete, and prophecy gives us only a glimpse of the future. 10 When the end comes and God gives us complete knowledge, then that which is incomplete will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, because I understood and thought as a child. But when I grew up, my childish thinking was no longer adequate. 12 Now we are seeing only a poor reflection of things to come, but when Jesus comes and takes us home, we will see things clearly. Now we can only know partially, but then we will know and understand things that now only God knows. 13 There are three important things in life which will expand throughout eternity: Faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.