1 Corinthians - NIV - Love is patient, love is kindIt is used often in Christian wedding ceremonies. In this famous passage, the Apostle Paul described 15 characteristics of love to the believers in the church at Corinth. With deep concern for the unity of the church, Paul focused on various different aspects of love between brothers and sisters in Christ:. This kind of patient love bears with offenses and is slow to repay or punish those who offend. However, it does not imply indifference, which would ignore an offense. Patient love is often used to describe God 2 Peter
1 Corinthians 13 (New International Version)
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 does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. But the greatest of these is love.
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Please check the reference to make sure it is correct. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, d 5 it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, e 6 it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tongues, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. The rhetoric of this chapter is striking. The Greek contains fifteen verbs; it is natural to translate many of them by adjectives in English. They are already a well-known triad cf.