The Greatest Gift

I believe 1 John 4:8 that God is love. If I then replace the word love in 1 Corinthians 13 with the name of God it will bring new understanding to His love. You will find the word love one time in this text and that is in verse 13.

1 Corinthians 13:

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not God, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 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 God, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not God, it profits me nothing. 4 God suffers long and is kind; God does not envy; God does not parade himself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek his own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 God 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. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 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. 12 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. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is God.

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