A short devotional on 1 Corinthians 13:8-13. Want to talk? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good Morning! I'm your host Lonnie Wibberding, and you are listening to Umpqua Connect. A daily devotional podcast sent out from the beautiful Umpqua Valley of Southern Oregon.
Today is Friday, October 16, 2020
We are in the last part of a very famous chapter of the Bible today. It is called the "Love Chapter" because, well, it's all about love.
The whole chapter is good and recommended, as always. But the part that caught my attention is the idea of knowing someone fully.
I started thinking about that. I may meet someone and they may like me. But if we haven't spent much time together, they can't really love me.
We humans put on our happy faces when we interact. We want people to like us. And if we are pleasant people then most people will.
But to really know you are loved takes someone knowing all about you. Your joys and sorrows. Your strengths and weaknesses. If they know the real you, and they still love you, well that's a pretty meaningful experience.
Our texts today talks about this experience.
1 Corinthians 13:8-13 says:
8 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. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 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 the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a 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.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Deep love requires deep intimacy. Someone knowing all about you -- and they still love you.
And this is the promise we have. God wants that intimacy with us, and He wants us to have it with each other. That's what heaven is about.
But when we love each other like that now, we get to experience a little bit of heaven right here on earth.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
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May God Bless your day. We'll talk again tomorrow