As Paul finishes describing the character of love, with its patience, faith, hope and endurance, he again contrasts it with spiritual gifts that we Christians tend to hold in high regard. “Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless,” he said. “But love will last forever.” 1 Corinthians 13:8 NLT“Our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture,” Paul continues. “But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.” 1 Corinthians 13:9-10 NLT

In his letters to the churches, the apostle John uses the phrase “Perfect Love” to describe the Love of God as it comes to full flower in the heart of the believer, replacing the fear that was there beforehand. For there comes a time when the believer comes fully to rest in God’s perfect love for him and his love for God.

Love will last for ever, for God is Love. And we who love God will last forever in the Love of God.

While we are still here on earth, God grants gifts to His people… Spiritual understanding, with which some can help others in their spiritual journey; prophecy, by which He prepares His people for events in the future; and the gift of tongues, by which His Gospel is spread without the speakers themselves having learned the language they are speaking. But all of these gifts look forward to “the time of perfection”, when we, having been loved perfectly by Jesus, will love Him perfectly in return.

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