|(Image: 1 Corinthians 13 from the 4th-century manuscript Codex Vaticanus)|
1 Corinthians 13
1 If I post witty memes that make you smile, even if I don’t have love, I’m still the most interesting person in your Facebook feed. 2 If I’m smart enough to win every debate in the comments section, and can do it without love, well, that’s as it should be. 3 If I donate a little bit here and there, and sometimes volunteer for a good cause, even if without love, I still feel better about myself.
8 Love never really commits. So where there are covenants, they will cease; where there are vows, they will be stilled; where there is intentional communication, it will pass away. 9 For we only know each other in part and we commit to each other in part, 10 but after a few years of living together, what is in part disappears. 11 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 decided that youth is too precious a thing to throw away, and I decided to live like a child forever. 12 For we can’t really know anyone through and through, not even ourselves; someday, maybe, we’ll be centered and content. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, and who wouldn’t love me then?
13 And now these three remain: tolerance, self-actualization, and love. And the most exciting of these is love.