The Greatest Gift
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (I Corinthians 13)
Father, I pray for my children to understand love...Your love. Walking in Your love is different from the love the world knows.
Father, I pray for my children to be:
not envious of others
not to be proud
not to be rude
or always want their own way
not to be easily provoked or offended
not to find joy in sin or evil
to find joy in Your truth
to bear up under all the things You allow in their lives (for You are sovereign)
to believe what Your Word says (not to pick and choose what they like)
to have hope in You in every situation
to endure in serving You to the end of their lives
It is different even than what I've seen in many who profess to believe in You. Thank You for showing me Your love, and for putting someone in my life who walks in love moment by moment. My husband, Jem, exemplifies Your love every moment of every day, in every thing he says and does, does not say, and does not do. Just watching him convicts me of my lack of love. Thank you for forgiving me for the years of walking through my life without Your love. May I grow in Your love daily, and may future generations of my family look back on a legacy of Your love.
I pray for these things in the Name of Yeshua, Ha-Mashiach.
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