If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don't have love, I have become a sounding brass gong, or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and knowledge; and have all faith so as to remove mountains, but don't have love, I am nothing. If I give all I have to feed the poor, and my body to be burned, but don't have love, I will find nothing.Love is patient and kind. Love does not envy. Love does not brag, is not proud, does not dishonor, does not seek the self, is not provoked, and takes no account of evil, but rejoices in truth. Love bears all things, trusts, hopes and endures.
Love never fails. Prophecies will cease. Tongues will quiet. Knowledge will pass away. We know in part and prophesy in part, but in whole, the part disappears.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. As a man I set aside child parts. Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then, face to face. Now I know in part, but then I knew fully, even as I was also fully known.
But now faith, hope, and love remain - these three. The greatest of these is love.
I Corinthians 13
In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, "Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?" Jesus called a little child to himself, and set him in the middle of them, and said, "Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever therefore humbles himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven."
The wolf will live with the lamb,
and the leopard will lie down with the young goat;
The calf, the young lion, and the fattened calf together;
and a little child will lead them.