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1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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 4 Love endures long, and is patient and kind; love does not envy; love does not boast, and is not puffed up in pride,

 5 Does not behave itself unseemly, is not self-seeking, is not angry,2 keeps no record of wrongs; [love is not self-seeking, does not insist on its own way, nor seek its own pleasure, nor is love possessive; but instead defers to others as long as what they prefer is not immoral, dangerous, or of major consequence.],

 6 Does not rejoice in evil, but rejoices in the truth;

 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they shall fail; where there are tongues, they shall cease; where there is knowledge, it shall vanish away.3

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3 Paul's definition of love is one of the most beautiful passages in the entire Bible, as well as one of the most instructive. Without diminishing Paul's wonderful words, I add one small other definition of love that comes from Eastern religion: "love is giving with no expectation of return."

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