If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. For we know partially and we prophesy partially, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. At present we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
–1 Corinthians 13:1-13
This is one of my favorite passages in the bible. I think about this passage a lot, especially lately. It reminds me of my parents, my husband and I, and my siblings. You see, I know what sincerity and authenticity is and I see it everyday in the actions of my husband and hear it in his voice. I hear it in the voice of my mother and father, my in-laws, my siblings and see it in their actions as well.
All my life I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by people who are centered in God and because of their relationships with HIM, they are who they are–good, kind-hearted, genuine people. When we are suffering in our world, we cannot always see the paths God wants us to take or the reasons we make the choices we do; and hopefully, when we’ve finally overcome the obstacles set before us, if we continue to hold fast to our faith and trust God, we can find the positive and learn lessons from our mistakes. We can say to ourselves, “Perhaps He led me this way for a reason? Perhaps that reason was to bring me closer to Him? If I am closer to Him, then despite all the heartache and tribulations I had to endure, I have been given a gift.”
We can only know and do so much in this world and all we can do is to try to be the best person we can. To be the person He wants us to be, with as much faith, hope and love as we possibly can by following His walk with every ounce of sincerity and complete genuineness.