Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
(Charisma pales in comparison to sincere words, spoken in love).
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, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
(What is martyrdom without an object of love? Is it not vain show?)
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
(Love is patient and understanding, free of jealousy, and self-effacing)
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
(Love is appropriate, yet naive; innocent and pure.)
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
(Regardless of popular belief, love is not the lack of judgement; rather, love is the ability to judge wrong, while embracing the wrong-doer.)
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
(Yes, yes, and yes)
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
(Love is eternal, because its Creator is eternal)
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake 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 through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
(The ability to love is sublime, God-given, and uniquely superior to all other powers. Any Christian lacking love, compassion, and empathy fails to truly follow Christ’s example – a convicting, heart-gripping thought.)