8Love is eternal. There are inspired messages, but they are temporary; there are gifts of speaking in strange tongues, but they will cease; there is knowledge, but it will pass. 9For our gifts of knowledge and of inspired messages are only partial; 10but when what is perfect comes, then what is partial will disappear.
11When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child; now that I am an adult, I have no more use for childish ways. 12What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face-to-face. What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete—as complete as God's knowledge of me.
13Meanwhile these three remain: faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love.
Reflection: We are people of the resurrection – and as a result we are also people of love. Our destiny is characterised by three virtues – faith, hope and love. When heaven and earth come together as one single reality the creation will be restored and we, too, will be restored as people who know and love God and who know and love one another. The potential that we have for love that we see now and again, but only through a glass dimly, will be what defines our lives. And, if this is how we are to live in eternity, Paul
wants God’s people to be putting on these virtues today, beginning to live as people of faith, hope and love now, foreshadowing the reality that is to come.
Question: What does it mean for us to be people of love? If we are looking forward to living as people of faith, hope and love forever, what steps might we take to put on these virtues today?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach us how to love. Show us how we can be people who reflect your love to those around us. Take us and mature us as people of love in preparation for our participation in your glorious kingdom of the future. Amen.
the Bible until July 28th with James Pietsch.
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