If I spoke in many languages but did not have love, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I could see into the future and fathom all mysteries and knowledge with great wisdom but didn’t have love, I would be nothing. If I gave all I possessed to the poor and even sacrificed myself as a martyr, I could boast about it–but if I didn’t do it for the sake of love (for the love of others, rather than for myself), I would have gained nothing.
When I was a child, I talked and thought and reasoned like a child. When I grew up, I put away childish thing. Right now, we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror; but someday we will see with perfect clarity. Right now, I know in part; but someday, I shall know fully, even as I am known fully.
Only three things will last forever: faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love. Let love be your highest goal. – St. Paul