"I alone know
the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster,
plans to bring about the future you hope for."
1 Peter 4:10
as a good manager of God's different gifts, must use for the good of others
the special gift he has received from God."
1 Corinthians 13
"I may be
able to speak the languages of human beings and even of angels, but if I have
no love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell. I may
have the gift of inspired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand
all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains—but if I have
no love, I am nothing. I may give away everything I have, and even give up
my body to be burned, but if I have no love, this does me no good.
patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud; love is not ill-mannered
or selfish or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not
happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; and its
faith, hope, and patience never fail.
eternal. There are inspired messages, but they are temporary; there are gifts
of speaking in strange tongues, but they will cease; there is knowledge, but
it will pass. For our gifts of knowledge and of inspired messages are only
partial; but when what is perfect comes, then what is partial will disappear.
When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a
child; now that I am an adult, I have no more use for childish ways. What
we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face-to-face.
What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete—as complete as God's
knowledge of me. Meanwhile these three remain: faith, hope, and love; and
the greatest of these is love."