The Superior Way of Love
1If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2If 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 have not love, I am nothing.
3If I give away all that I own and if I hand over my body so I might boast but have not love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not brag, it is not puffed up,
5it does not behave inappropriately, it does not seek its own way, it is not provoked, it keeps no account of wrong,
6it does not rejoice over injustice but rejoices in the truth;
7it bears all things, it believes all things, it hopes all things, it endures all things.
8Love never fails but where there are prophecies, they will pass away; where there are tongues, they will cease; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
9For we know in part and we prophesy in part;
10but when that which is perfect has come, then that which is partial will pass away.
11When 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 put away childish things.
12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13But now these three remain faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.