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1 Corinthians 13

I may be able to speak the languages of men and even of angels, but if I have no love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell.

I may have the gift of inspired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains - but if I have no love, I am nothing. I may give away everything I have, and even give up my body to be burnt -but if I have no love, this does me no good.

Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its faith, hope, and patience never fail.

Love is eternal.

There are inspired messages, but they are temporary; there are gifts of speaking in strange tongues but they will cease. There is knowledge, but it will pass.

For our gifts of knowledge and inspired massages are only partial; But when what is perfect comes, then what is partial will disappear.

When I was a child, my speech, my feelings, and thinking were those of a child; Now that I am a man, I have no more use for childish ways.

What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; Then we shall see face to face. What I know now is only partial; Then it will be complete - as complete as God's knowledge of me.

Meanwhile these three remain; faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient; love is kind.

Love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.

It does not insist on its own way: it is not irritable or resentful;

it does not rejoice in wrong doing, but rejoices in truth.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

And now faith, hope, and love abide, and the greatest of these is love.

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Love is patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud.

Love is never haughty or selfish or rude.

Love does not demand it's own way.

Love is not irritable or touchy.

Love does not hold grudges and will hardly notice when others do it wrong.

Love is never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out.

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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 preserves

Isaiah 61:10-62,3

I am overwhelmed with joy in the Lord my God!

For he has dressed me with the clothing of salvation and draped me in a robe of righteousness.

I am like a bridegroom in his wedding suit or a bride with her jewels.

The Sovereign Lord will show his justice to the nations of the world. Everyone will praise him!

His righteousness will be like a garden in early spring, filled with young plants springing up everywhere.

The Lord will hold you in his hands for all to see-a splendid crown in the hands of God.

1 John 4:7-12

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.

Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God-for God is love.

God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.

This is real love.

It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love has been brought to full expression through us.

John 15:9-17

I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love.

When you obey me, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father and remain in his love.

I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! I command you to love each other in the same way that I love you.

And here is how to measure it-the greatest love is shown when people lay down their lives for their friends. You are my friends if you obey me.

I no longer call you servants, because a master doesn't confide in his servants.

Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.

You didn't choose me.

I chose you.

I appointed you to go and produce fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name.

I command you to love each other.

Colossians 3:12-19

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.

Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.

And be thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their toil.

For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up.

Again, if two lie together, they are warm; but how can one be warm alone?

And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him.

Ephesians 5:21-33

Submit yourselves one to another as the fear of God.

Wives, show reverence for your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church and He is the savior of the body.

Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wife, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word; that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkles or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

So ought men to love their wives as their own body; He that loves his wife loves himself.

For no man ever yet hateth his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church.

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

For this cause shall man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.

This mystery is a profound one and I am saying this as it refers to Christ and the Church; however, let husband love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respect her husband.

Mark 10:6-9

But God's plan was seen from the beginning of creation, for 'He made them male and female.

'This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.

Since they are no longer two but one, let no one separate them, for God has joined them together.

Psalms 100

My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart, for they will give you a long and satisfying life.

Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart.

Then you will find favour with both God and people, and you will gain a good reputation.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.

Psalm 128:1-4

Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways.

For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands; happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house, thy children like olive plants round about thy table.

Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.

Song of Solomon 7:10-12 - Growing in Love

I am my beloveds, and his desire is toward me. Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages.

Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves.

Song of Solomon 8:6-7 - Love is as Strong as Death

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

Many waters cannot quench love; neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be condemned

Genesis 1:28

And God blessed them, and Gold said unto them,
Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it.

Genesis 2:18-24

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be along; I will make him a help mate for him.

And out of the group, the Lord God formed every beast in the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.

And Adam gave names to all the cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a help mate for him.

And the Lord caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God has taken from the man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and the flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Genesis 2:20-25

And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a help mate for him.

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and as he slept: he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
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