The Way of Love
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13
The Way of Love is a biblical text that reminds us of love. And how important it is for us and how it can influence us in various areas. A timeless text that teaches us the importance and power of love.
The Way of Love deals with aspects of love such as serenity, kindness, forgiveness, adoration and devotion. Aspects that we also practise in Tantra. Let yourself be inspired by the words and try to give more expression to love in your life too.
There are various ways in which you can use the Way of Love for yourself:
• Self-reflection: Read the Way of Love and reflect on your own actions and attitudes in relation to love. Ask yourself if you embody these qualities or if there are areas where you could improve.
• Inspiration for interpersonal relationships: The Way of Love can serve as a guide for building loving and respectful relationships with others. Use the qualities of love described as inspiration for your behaviour towards others.
• Comfort and encouragement: In difficult times, the Way of Love can be a source of comfort and encouragement. It is a reminder that love is patient, kind and hopeful and that it can endure even in difficult situations.
• Guidance for decisions: When you are faced with important decisions, you can use the Way of Love as a guide. Ask yourself whether your decision is characterised by love and whether it corresponds to the principles described in the text.