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Prva poslanica Korinćanima 13

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1Kad bih sve ljudske i anđeoske jezike govorio, a ljubavi ne bih imao, bio bih poput mjedi što ječi ili cimbala što zveči.

Kad bih imao dar prorokovanja, kad bih razumio sva otajstva i imao sve znanje te takvu vjeru da bih i gore premještao, a ljubavi ne bih imao, bio bih - ništa.

Kad bih siromasima razdao sav svoj imetak, kad bih i tijelo svoje predao da se sažeže, a ljubavi ne bih imao - ništa mi koristilo ne bi.

Ljubav je strpljiva, ljubav je dobrostiva; ona ne zavidi, ne hvasta se, ne oholi se.

Nije nepristojna, ne traži svoje pravo, nije razdražljiva, ne pamti zlo;

ne raduje se nepravdi, nego istini.

Sve izdržava, nikad ne gubi vjeru, uvijek se nada, sve podnosi.

Ljubav nikad neće uminuti. Prorokovanje? Iščeznut će. Jezici? Zamuknut će. Znanje? Nestat će.

Jer nepotpuno je naše znanje, nepotpuno naše prorokovanje.

10 A kada dođe ono što je savršeno, uminut će ovo što je nepotpuno.

11 Kad sam bio dijete, govorio sam kao dijete, razmišljao sam kao dijete, rasuđivao sam kao dijete. Kad sam postao zrelim čovjekom, odbacio sam što je djetinje.

12 Sad vidimo u zrcalu, nejasno, a tada ćemo gledati licem u lice. Sada spoznajem nepotpuno, a tada ću spoznati savršeno, kao što sam i sam spoznan.

13 A sada ostaje troje: vjera, nada i ljubav, ali najveća je među njima ljubav.

The Message

1 Corinthians 13

The Way of Love

1If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

8-10 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

11 When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.