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God is Love

By Belinda


Yesterday morning I retreated to the solitude of our north deck and sat in the steamy heat of Saturday, reading, reflecting, and hanging out with God for a few minutes before starting my busy day in earnest. 


Just as I was putting my books away I had this thought about a passage I wasn't even reading: 1 Corinthians 13--commonly known as "the love chapter," and often read at weddings.


Since, according to 1 John 4:8,  God is love, I wondered how the passage would read if I substituted "God" for "love" all the way through. I reopened my Bible and read it like that and it was cool to see a "quality" personified. So here it is with the word "love" replaced by God--just for today.

1 Corinthians 13

New International Version (NIV)
13 If I speak in the tongues[a](A) of men or of angels, but do not have God, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy(B) and can fathom all mysteries(C) and all knowledge,(D) and if I have a faith(E) that can move mountains,(F) but do not have God, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor(G) and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b](H) but do not have God, I gain nothing.God is patient,(I) God is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud.(J) He does not dishonor others, He is not self-seeking,(K) He is not easily angered,(L)  He keeps no record of wrongs.(M) God does not delight in evil(N) but rejoices with the truth.(O)  He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.(P) God never fails. But where there are prophecies,(Q) they will cease; where there are tongues,(R) they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part(S) and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes,(T) what is in part disappears. 11 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(U) behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror;(V) then we shall see face to face.(W) Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.(X)13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and God.(Y) But the greatest of these is God.(Z)
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