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"If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing."  1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (NAS)

Faith Works Through Love:

"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision* nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love."  Galatians 5:6 (NAS)

* Circumcision involves the cutting of flesh and was required for all male Jews by the Law of Moses (see Galatians 3:17).  This physical circumcision was not required under the new covenant...the Law of Christ.

What Kind of Love?

The Greek word used here for love is "agape" -- pronounced ag-ah'-pay.  This is not a sexual love...or a brotherly love...or a friendship-type love.  Agape is a love that looks out for the best interests of others...a self-sacrificing love.  The text goes on to describe this love further:

"Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."  1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NAS)

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