It’s that time of year. All across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones. Valentine greetings have been popular as far back as the Middle Ages. An estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. We spend a great deal of time and money on a holiday that is devoted to love.
During a recent Bible study I came across a passage of scripture that really says it all about love. I’m sure a lot of you already know this passage, but it was the first time I had ever read it. To me, it would be the ultimate Valentine greeting. In fact, instead of sending a card to the loved ones in my life this year, I sent this passage. It’s a beautiful passage and says much more about love than any Valentine card ever will. If you have never read it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
1 Corinthians 13
The Excellence of Love
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Quoted from NASB