The Greatest Gift is Love

When I had my accident during the Ice Storm of 1994 I was driving a car with a personalize license plate which read: 1 Cor 13.

For those of you familiar with the verse 1 Corinthians 13, you will know that it is attributed to Paul and it speaks of love, or in the Greek version agape which, although it has a rich and interesting history of interpretation, most often from a Christian perspective centers around love and charity; in particular the love of God for humankind, the love of humankind for God, or the love of our fellowman.

I believe it was the love of God and God working through all the amazing people who helped me that day – and in all the days of my recovery – that saved my life.

1 Corinthians
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, 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 love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.

4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its 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 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there aretongues, 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 love.