I was reading the bible and found this *rather* famous passage.
Corinthians 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 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. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 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 childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor 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. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
The part before love is patient is pretty straight forward. It means that no matter how much you achieve or learn, if you don’t treat people with love it doesn’t mean anything.
The next par is a description of what true love is like. If you think you love someone but it isn’t like that then you might not. True love is very rare, I don’t know many people who have it. I’ve noticed as a general rule though that the better a relationship people have the less clingy they are.
The next part But where there are prophecies is reiterating what came before about how the worth of other things pales in comparison to love. This doesn’t mean if you don’t have a girlfriend your life isn’t worth living. It means more about showing love to others.
I’m not sure what When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child means. It was, however, in the show Being Human, one of my favourite shows. It’s a rare show in the sense that it’s working against the continued degradation of vampires in popular culture. I think it might be talking about how he shows love to other people. When he was younger he did it poorly but now he’s trying to put that behind him and love others better. That idea makes more sense when you realise the author is Paul (once called Saul) who hunted early Christians before having a divine meeting and becoming an evangelist himself.
This next part here: Now we see but a poor 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. For ages I had no clue what this meant but I think I have a bit of an idea. I’d be interested in what other people think of it.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. This is self explanatory.
This is a great passage, I really love it. But don’t use it to break the ice with people who you think are mad at you. They will just think you’re hitting on them. Worst burying the hatched ever.