As a spiritual director, I sometimes get asked, “What is your favorite Bible verse?”
That’s a tough question to answer because any sacred text has verses and sections that has special meaning during certain times of one’s life. For example, when one is feeling lost, depressed, or lonely the Book of Psalms can bring incredible comfort and joy. I have experienced incredible closeness to God by reading from the Song of Songs and have had profound, life changing insights by meditating on the Book of Ecclesiastes.
But, when forced to answer this question I think of one chapter and particularly one verse. First Corinthinians 13, verse 13.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Christianity at it best is all about LOVE
For your fellow man, for nature, the environment, your enemies, your friends and family. This is the foundation of Jesus’ teachings. To be more like him, you must love. Love deeply, everyone and all things.
Here’s the entire Chapter from the NIV Bible.
“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.”