When it comes to my favorite examples of love, I see a very common underlying theme, be it real life, artistic impressions, or written word. The love that I admire always mirrors what I read in a the biblical passage 1 Corinthians chapter 13.
We hear it read at weddings and during church services. But there is so much knowledge and truth contain within those scriptures, that it simply cannot become a cliche in my eyes. No in my opinion, it is something to be studied.
1 Corinthians 13
|1||If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not 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 have not love, I am nothing.|
|3||If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.|
|4||Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;|
|5||it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;|
|6||it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.|
|7||Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.|
|8||Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.|
|9||For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect;|
|10||but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.|
|11||When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.|
|12||For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.|
|13||So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.|
So I will continue to study and learn love's lesson plan. Thus far some of my experiences have been difficult and excruciatingly painful. But, I have very few regrets. I would choose love all over again every single time. I'm grateful for the love that has been given to me. I am confident the pureness in which I have given it has effected others in a positive way. Feelings of love have the ability to stay with us after the person we interacted with is no longer present. It's all that I have to hold onto from those who are no longer in my life, and vice versa. But it's more valuable than most of what we could tangibly acquire....LOVE....