13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
We usually hear the first part of vs. 8 "Love never fails" and the last verse in the chapter vs. 13. But the verses in between struck me today in light of what I posted yesterday. Paul gives this amazing description of what true love is, love that we should strive to demonstrate to all people, but ultimately God is the only one who can love this perfectly. This passage on love is a description of God's character. After this description of love Paul says, love never fails and then he goes on to give us a glimpse of heaven. He tells us that right now we know only in part but when perfection comes (being in the presence of Jesus in heaven) the imperfect disappears. Right now "we see but a poor 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."
I just love how this passage is within this great description of what love is. What an encouragement to me today to read, "Love never fails" followed by this glimpse of eternity where all things will be made clear.
One thing I am certain that walking through this journey of suffering has taught me is to love and appreciate the mystery that God is. It is a characteristic of His that I find beautiful.
Here is the chorus to an Aaron Ivey song called "Beautiful Mystery" that has meant so much to me in the past year.