Of Knowing and Not Knowing – Of the Temporary and the Permanent

The spotted porcupinefish, Diodon hystrix, feed primarily at night on hard shelled invertebrates. Hawaii.

“…knowledge puffs up but love builds up” – 1 Corinthians 8:1

The following passage is often quoted at weddings. Why wait for another wedding to enjoy it again? ~ TD

Saint Paul to the believers in Corinth…

If I possess all knowledge

…if I possess all knowledge

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 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 do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
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 completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a 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.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
–1 Corinthians 13

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I heard a fellow teaching on this passage some years ago, and he made a solid point that has always stayed with me: All of the attributes of love described here, whether toward the positive or away from the negative, are actions, not feelings.
I think we go astray when we think of love as a “feeling”, because feelings wax and wane, and can be quite ephemeral.
Feelings are also a very poor basis on which to make decisions — look at all the destructive and decidely unloving results that come directly from liberal “feel good” policies.


TD, whenever I photographed a Catholic wedding, especially with a mass, I enjoyed that ceremony more than than others, and I never tired of hearing
I Corinthians 13. And it is for everyone, not just people getting married.


Interesting photo of Michael Moore taking a dip in his pool……

Steven Broiles

Love IS NOT a matter of feelings or emotions PRIMARILY. As usual, the world is tempting us to get it backwards. Love is a matter of the will, and it is a matter of ACTION—RIGHT ACTION, directed to the other person’s good and welfare. There are several kinds of manifestations of love—eros, friendship, respect. But there can be NO love, NO friendship, NO simple respect without a certain amount of FEAR. FEAR of doing the wrong thing. FEAR of giving offense. A certain kind of voluntary humility, of putting oneself in one’s place, voluntarily, without having to make another do… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn

I love St. Paul and his 1 Corinthians 13. Thank you for this wise reminder of eternal truths, TD!