Three Things Will Last Forever - Faith Hope & Love - The Greatest is Love

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.





Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.


When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.


Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

America's Pop duo, the Carpenters, or country sensation at the time, Lynn Anderson, both recording the Richard Carpenter original song, 'Top of the World,' both smash hits, was based around love, relationship love, as with most songs. But this particular song carried a vibe if you will, extending that love sensation to seeing the world differently also; yet, unknowingly, being the early seventies, and centuries prior, they and the world at large, were living a lie, just now, late 2022, early 2023, about to witness just how deep and dark the lie.


The first two verses and chorus of this song 'Top of the World,' are as follows:



Such a feelin's comin' over me 
There is wonder in 'most ev'ry thing I see
Not a cloud in the sky, got the sun in my eyes
And I won't be surprised if it's a dream

Everything I want the world to be
Is now comin' true especially for me
And the reason is clear, it's because you are here
You're the nearest thing to heaven that I've seen

I'm on the top of the world lookin' down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I've found ever since you've been around
Your love's put me at the top of the world




The key to all of the above without fear or shame to boast is JESUS CHRIST LIVING GOD!


Why is this so important to add?

We can open the pages to any religious book known to man and find wonderful speech, motivation, inspiration, and god-like phraseology, often found in point form, or muddled together to appear godly, being nothing more than the result of human accomplishment.


Isaiah 43:10 tells us, “But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the Lord. “You are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God— there never has been, and there never will be," - MEANING - the fullness of love, complete love, can only result from the Creator of all things, especially love itself, by Divine Accomplishment, inspiration of the Holy Spirit from within, and of the living 'God,' and not by a figment of man's imagination, attempting to portray or be 'god.'


In closing, let me leave you with a means of comparison.


The Quran has 6237 verses and 114 chapters in total within its pages, all delivered in point-form. Immediately below, you will find the first thirteen verses from the 47th chapter entitled, 'Muhammad,' chosen only because of him being the self proclaimed prophet of the Quran. 


In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful.

1. Those who disbelieve and repel from the path of God—He nullifies their works.

2. While those who believe, and work righteousness, and believe in what was sent down to Muhammad—and it is the truth from their Lord—He remits their sins, and relieves their concerns.

3. That is because those who disbelieve follow falsehoods, while those who believe follow the truth from their Lord. God thus cites for the people their examples.

4. When you encounter those who disbelieve, strike at their necks. Then, when you have routed them, bind them firmly. Then, either release them by grace, or by ransom, until war lays down its burdens. Had God willed, He could have defeated them Himself, but He thus tests some of you by means of others. As for those who are killed in the way of God, He will not let their deeds go to waste.

5. He will guide them, and will improve their state of mind.

6. And will admit them into Paradise, which He has identified for them.

7. O you who believe! If you support God, He will support you, and will strengthen your foothold.

8. But as for those who disbelieve, for them is perdition, and He will waste their deeds.

9. That is because they hated what God revealed, so He nullified their deeds.

10. Have they not journeyed through the earth and seen the consequences for those before them? God poured destruction upon them, and for the unbelievers is something comparable.

11. That is because God is the Master of those who believe, while the disbelievers have no master.

12. God will admit those who believe and do good deeds into gardens beneath which rivers flow. As for those who disbelieve, they enjoy themselves, and eat as cattle eat, and the Fire will be their dwelling.

13. How many a town was more powerful than your town which evicted you? We destroyed them, and there was no helper for them.



The Holy Bible, provably inerrant and infallible from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, has 31,173 verses and sixty-six books, * 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament * with all books and verses with deliberate teaching and in divine sync with 2 Timothy 3:16 that reads: "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right." 

Immediately below, are the same 13 verses as the intro to this post, but sharing them exactly as found in the Holy Bible, New Living Translation.


Love Is the Greatest


1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.


PS: with utmost genuine respect, the post 'The Fallibility of the Quran,' is most enlightening, for salvation is found in no one or any thing, other than in and through faith and faith alone in Jesus Christ Living God.

Acts 3:12 tells us, "There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved" ... while Jesus also tells us ...

John 14:6 "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."