Charity, Pt. 24

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

I Corinthians 13:4-8

We have been looking at these characteristics of charity for several weeks.  And can now look at verse 8 : “…whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”  All of those things are going to “fail,” but charity is eternal.  Charity never fails.

When I was thinking about this verse, I started thinking about these things as they apply to our everyday lives.

When you think about the people that you have known throughout your life, there are things that we remember and things that we don’t remember.

We usually don’t remember who was right all of the time.  We don’t remember who was a good speaker.  We don’t remember the smartest guys.  We don’t remember those things.  We remember the people who really cared about us.  We remember the people who loved us.

That is one more example of charity never failing.  That is one more example of charity lasting forever.  We don’t want to be known for our speaking ability, or for our intelligence.  We want to be known for our love of others.  We want to be known for caring about people.

Those are the things that are going to help people and change their lives.  Those are the things that w want in our lives.  Those are the things that characterize charity.

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