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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

true love

Trough the chapter thirteen from the letter to the corinthians, Paul explains the true spiritual love , its characteristics and qualities, which was told by God when he commanded man to love his neighbour as himself. In the version I am quoting next , a modern version, it is used the plain term "love" , however in the old version it was used the word "charity" which in the ancient times represented in a most specific sense the spiritual love related a feeling given to the other´s life, and for his life, an affective love for the life, and the person.

1 Corinthians 13:


1 If I make use of the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love(it is expresed spiritual love , as love for the neighbour and for God ), I am like sounding brass, or a loud-tongued bell.

2 And if I have a prophet's power, and have knowledge of all secret things; and if I have all faith, by which mountains may be moved from their place, but have not love, I am nothing.

3 And if I give all my goods to the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it is of no profit to me.

4 Love is never tired of waiting; love is kind; love has no envy; love has no high opinion of itself, love has no pride;

5 Love's ways are ever fair, it takes no thought for itself; it is not quickly made angry, it takes no account of evil;

6 It takes no pleasure in wrongdoing, but has joy in what is true;

7 Love has the power of undergoing all things, having faith in all things, hoping all things.

8 Though the prophet's word may come to an end, tongues come to nothing, and knowledge have no more value, love has no end.

9 For our knowledge is only in part, and the prophet's word gives only a part of what is true:

10 But when that which is complete is come, then that which is in part will be no longer necessary.

11 When I was a child, I made use of a child's language, I had a child's feelings and a child's thoughts: now that I am a man, I have put away the things of a child.

12 For now we see things in a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now my knowledge is in part; then it will be complete, even as God's knowledge of me.

13 But now we still have faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

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