▼Happiness, Security & Pure Motives▼
The following fuses the most quoted biblical definition of love found in I
Corinthians Chapter 13 (drawing from J.B. Phillips', the Chinese
Bible/圣经 NCV (Simplified), English Revised, American
Standard, Weymouth New Testament and the King
James Bible Versions), together with perspec-
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Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action. Love is priestess at the altar of Truth.
This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience - it looks for a way of being constructive. It is not possessive: it is neither anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance. 爱是恒久忍耐，又有恩慈。爱是不嫉妒，不自夸，不张狂...
Love has good manners...does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not her own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil. It is not touchy. Finds no pleasure in injustice done to others, but joyfully sides with the truth. On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails. 不作失礼的事，不求自己的益处，不轻易动怒，不计较人的过犯；不喜欢不义，只喜欢真理。
If I speak with the eloquence of men and of angels, but have no love, I become no more than blaring brass or crashing cymbal. If I have the gift of foretelling the future and hold in my mind not only all human knowledge but the very secrets of God, and if I also have that absolute faith which can move mountains, but have no love, I amount to nothing at all. If I dispose of all that I possess, yes, even if I give my own body to be burned, but have no love, I achieve precisely nothing. 信望爱中最大的是爱。我若有先知讲道的恩赐，也明白各样的奥秘，各样的知识；并且有全备的信，叫我能够移山，却没有爱，我就算不得什么。我若把一切所有的分给人，又舍己身被人焚烧，却没有爱，对我仍然毫无益处。
Both sexes should be loving, pure, tender, and strong. The attraction between native qualities will be perpetual only as it is pure and true, bringing sweet seasons of renewal like the returning spring.
Trials teach mortals not to lean on a material staff, — a broken reed, which pierces the heart. We do not half remember this in the sunshine of joy and prosperity. Sorrow is salutary. Through great tribulation we enter the kingdom. Trials are proofs of God's care. Spiritual development germinates not from seed sown in the soil of material hopes, but when these decay, Love propagates anew the higher joys of Spirit, which have no taint of earth. Each successive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love.
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