“She/he’s such a good christian…
… she/he does voluntary work for a, b, c charities…
…..she/he always helps at the church lunch/barbeque/harvest …..
…….oh and she/he listens to children read at the local primary school ….
………and still finds time to visit the local old people’s home, and do Sunday school!”
She/he is always terribly pleased with him/herself …
……but always feels unappreciated…..
She/he is always sociable ….
……..but often lonely….
She/he fills her/his time with do-gooding..
………but never feels complete.
The emptiness of absence.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NASB
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part; but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.