More Hope for Our Time ~ Reflections on I Corinthians 13

By: Steve Negley

Posted: June 23, 2020

Category: Daily Devotional

12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly,[b] but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.

I Corinthians 13:12-13

I will often pause to read a list of “top ten” or “top one hundred items” (songs, movies, sports cars, etc.). When it comes to Bible verses, I Corinthians 13 makes it to top 100 lists of many Christians. This is Paul’s famous definition of love. These words are read often at wedding ceremonies, and daily by people who want to live their lives as an expression of God’s love.

But some people stop before the end of this love chapter and may miss another important message for our time.

Paul, the great apostle and follower or Christ, shared his reflections on love with the Christians in Corinth. He also gave them a glimpse into his theology of life:

In the here and now, much of what is going on is a fuzzy image

for now we see in a mirror, dimly

As much as I try to explain health concerns and social situations, I don’t have all the answers

now I only know in part

But, God does have it all figured out!

Then, when I am with God I will know fully even as I have been fully known.

Until then, what does God give us to face the day?

And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

Let’s live in God’s love and see how faith gives us the hope we need for today and tomorrow.


Dear God, let me trust You to keep me in times of turmoil and trembling. Give me faith, hope, and love to know that You are there with me. Amen.