Saint Paul’s First letter to the Corinthians is frequently call a “Hymn of Love.” In it Paul describes the emptiness of all things if love is not present and then tells of the nature of love and its abiding presence.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8,13
(4) Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (5) It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. (6) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (7) It always hopes, always perseveres. (8) Love never fails. (13) So Faith, Hope and Love abide these three; But the Greatest of these is Love!
1 Corinthians 13:4-7,8,13
(4) Love is patient, love is kind. Love is never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud. (5) Love is never haughty or selfish or rude. Love does not demand it’s own way. Love is not irritable or touchy. Love does not hold grudges and will hardly notice when others do it wrong. (6) Love does not delight in wrong, but rejoices in the truth. (7) If you love someone, you will be loyal to them, no matter what the cost. You will always believe in them, always expect the best in them, and will always stand your ground defending them. For love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (8) Love never fails. (13) So Faith, Hope and Love abide these three; but the Greatest of these is Love!
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
(1) If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a nosy gong or a clanging cymbal. (2) And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (3) If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
(4) Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; (5) it is not arrogant or rude. (6) Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right.
(7) Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. (8) Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. (9) For our knowledge is imperfect, but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.
(10) When I was a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways. (11) For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. (12) Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.
(13) So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
(1) I may speak in the tongues of men, even angels; but if I lack love, I have become merely a blaring brass or a cymbal clanging. (2) I may have the gift of prophecy, I may fathom all mysteries, know all things, have all faith- enough to move mountains; but if I lack love, I am nothing. (3) I may give away everything that I own, I may even hand over my body to be burned; but if I lack love, I gain nothing.
(4) Love is patient and kind, not jealous, not boastful, (5) not proud, rude or selfish, not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. (6) Love does not gloat over other people’s sins but takes its delight in the truth. (7) Love always bears up, always trusts, always hopes, and always endures. (8) Love never ends; but prophecies will pass, tongues will cease, knowledge will pass. (9) For our knowledge is partial, and our prophecy partial; (10) but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass. (11) When I was a child, I spoke like a child, thought like a child, argued like a child; now that I have become a man, I have finished with childish ways. (12) For now we see obscurely in a mirror, but then it will be face to face. Now I know partly; then I will know fully, just as God has fully known me. (13) But for now, three things last; trust, hope, love; and the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 New International Version
(1) If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. (2) If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (3) If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
(4) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (5) It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (6) Love does not delight in in evil but rejoices with the truth. (7) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres.
(8) Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. (9) For we know in part and wer prophesy in part, (10) but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. (11) When I was a child, I talked liked a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put my childish ways behind me. (12) Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
(13) And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
(16) Ruth said: “Do not entreat me to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for where you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. (17) Where you shall die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the Lord do to me and worse, if anything but death parts me from you.”
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. If one falls down, his companion can lift him up. But pity the man who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together they will keep warm. But how can one be warm alone? Though another may overpower one, two can defend themselves. And a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Jesus said to his disciples: “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Live on in my love, if you keep my commandments, even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and live in his love. All this I tell you that my joy may be yours and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.” This is the gospel of the Lord.
From the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. Then they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let not man separate.
Colossians 3: 12-15
This is the Word of God, as recorded for us by the Apostle Paul. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, kindness, meekness, compassion and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgive each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.
The Prophet Kahlil Gibran on Marriage
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. And, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. But let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from on cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each other be alone. Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together yet not too near together; for the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow. Remember that love gives nothing but from itself. Love possesses not, nor would it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love. And think not that you can direct the course of love. For love, if it finds you worthy, will direct your course.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures, He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul, He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; Thou anoints my head with oil, my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
From the Book of Psalms 138
I thank you, O’Lord with all my heart, for you have heard the word of my lips, before the gods I will sing your praises. I bow down towards your holy temple and give thanks to your name, for your love and faithfulness, for you have exalted our promise above all. You answered me when I called; You made me strong and bold. O’Lord, all kings on earth will give your praise, when they have heard your words. The ways of the Lord they will celebrate, for the glory of the Lord is great! From above, the watches over the lowly, but the proud he knows from afar! Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you give me life. With outstretched arm, you save me from the wrath of my foes, with you right hand you deliver me. The Lord will do everything for me. Your love, O’ Lord, endures forever. Forsake not the work of your hands.
In the Old Testament, as written by King Solomon in Proverbs 3: 5 & 6.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.