Love and Truth

Love and Truth

This text from the Bible never fails to inspire me. It is a powerful meditation.

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have 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 do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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 always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part;  then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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9 thoughts on “Love and Truth

  1. Pingback: 1 Corinthians 13 | The fragrance of marriage!

  2. Of course I knew that Tolle took his name from der Meister. 🙂

    Have any idea what´s his real name is?

    That is indeed quite amazing when long known things become a sudden revelation.

    Revelation means true learning 😉

  3. Although I have heard this many times, now it strikes a powerful chord in me.

    “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”

    Just a question to you:

    Are you acquainted with Meister Eckhart´s writing? He is really unbelievable. Although a Christian mystic in the 13th century, there are moments when he sounds like a Zen patriatch.

    • Yes, I have read some of Meister Eckhart’s works, although I can’t remember the title now. Yes, he was definitely tuned in to the same source as the Zen patriarchs. Did you know that Eckhart Tolle took his first name from Meister Eckhart?

      Re: the Corinthians 13 – I was also astonished at how I read this passage with new eyes. I actually came across it synchronistically: at the Episcopal Church where I teach a yoga class in their Parish Hall I suddenly noticed a small booklet they have in their foyer with bible sayings for each day of the year and this was the one for the day I was there – Oct 13, 2013. ~ t.

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