Towards the Mountain Peak

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When I still was a child my parents would sometimes drive us to the mountains. We would stop our car at places from where we could walk on foot on suitable paths to reach a peak after a couple of hours.

I recall, one day, as we were surrounded by trees my father pointed me to some gap between the trees which allowed me to view the peak we were heading for from a distance. This was an impressive moment for me. Yet as we reached that peak I found things were still looking different to what I had seen from far off.

On such tours, my father might use a map that would show all the paths that would lead us safely to where we wanted to go. Yet upon reaching the peak we had been heading for, my father would not primarily praise the good services that map had done to him. Rather he would enjoy being on top of that mountain.

These were well-planned tours. Very often we would find some little sign somewhere on the trunk of a tree to show us we were still on the right way. There were different signs for different destinations. So maybe we were looking for a yellow circle on a little metal plate to guide us. Yet although all the way we were watching out for such signs, having reached the peak these signs were not important anymore.

Occasionally on our way, we would also meet other people. Perhaps at times, we would ask somebody about the way ahead of us. Yet upon reaching our destination the instructive words of such people ceased to provide guidance to us. Now we could see things with our own eyes. All these paths and our effort were behind us. Now we were there.

This may not be a full exposition of 1 Corinthians 13:8-13. But I would like you to now reread some of these verses. Maybe my words above will help you to better understand what these verses are all about!

“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. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. … then shall I know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:8-9+12b-13/NIV).

About christenfindenruhe

Auf meinem deutschen Blog möchte ich kurze Texte über Matthäus 11 Verse 28 bis 30 veröffentlichen und die frohe Botschaft von Jesus Christus anschaulich machen. Es lohnt sich, Jesus Christus zu vertrauen. On my new English blog "Motivation of Christian Love" I am sharing my thoughts on 1 Corinthians 13 and other biblical texts.
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