Wedding of Willem & Heidi
1 Corinthians 13
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Woe to us who have God’s Word and are not transformed to hear and obey it. Sundar Singh said that salt dissolved in water may disappear but it doesn’t cease to exist. We may be sure of its presence by tasting the water. Likewise the indwelling Christ may be realised by His love He imparts to us.
Jesus said that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. When you have Him you’ve found the way. When you have Him you have the Truth and abundant life.
If Christ is a reality to you He leads and guides you. Everybody who tastes you will experience Christ.
Our text says that it is possible to give your body to the flames or your possessions to the poor, but without love it still profits you nothing. Love doesn’t get impatient. Love is kind. Very often we are the most unkind to those who are the closest to us. It doesn’t keep record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth.