The Love Of Christ for the Church

God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for usIn the first century, a man called Paul wrote a collection of letters to a church in the city of Corinth, Greece which is still there today. In one of them, he added a description of what true and proper love should look like. You may have heard of it at wedding ceremonies now and then. Have you ever stopped to look and see what it says? It is actually a description of Christs’ love for the church. In the following, count the amount of times you see love. Replace it with “Christ”. See if it fits.


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If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not 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 have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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 perfection comes, the imperfect 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 childish ways behind me. 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.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.



Now try Replacing the word “Love” with your name. Does it fit? if so, are you sure?