Right now we need the chaff because, like the stalk and the branch and the leaf of a plant, there can be no fruit without it. But once we have produced the desired fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, etc.), there is no longer any need for the chaff. This is why Paul says, “But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” (1 Cor. 13:8) Even though he has just spent the previous chapter explaining how tongues, and knowledge and prophecy are essential to the life of the Body, he reminds us that the day will come when none of these will be necessary.
God, please help us to embrace one another and accept one another based on our common love for your Son. Please forgive us for basing our unity on things that will one day pass away, like tongues, or teaching, or prophecy. Please let us be One as you and your Son are One. Teach us to love one another unconditionally, and to love others the same way.