1 Corinthians 13
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Way of Love
13 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 up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 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 we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial 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 know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
There is a veil that blocks our view
Fogs up our vision and makes it askew
No matter how hard we try to see
There’s something that comes between us and Thee
Try as we may and try as we might
We can’t bring You clearly into our sight
The world with its razzle-dazzle-do
Tempts us to come away from You
It’s always calling like a siren from the sea
Offering us morsels that do not come free
Money, sex, glamour, and fame
Pleasure for a moment, but forever in shame
So we hold on with faith and never lose hope
One day we’ll see You as through a microscope
With love we will be shining as You come into view
And as You have known us, we will know You
©2017 by William Pierce
Here, amid the push and the pull, fighting against the tempting calls of the flashy world, wrestling with our fears and our weak bodies; we stop for a moment and call out to You. We struggle to see You. We have glimpses, faint images, even moments when we think we see You just as You are, but our only real idea of who You are is in looking at Jesus. He projects in all that He does and says, Your very essence and even more. He is One with You, and longs to have us at One with You both. Mercy, grace, and love beyond measure. Beyond understanding.
Thank You so, Lord. Thank You so.