August 13, 2015

The greatest of these is love

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The greatest of these is love

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV)

Paul made some profound statements about love in 1 Corinthians chapter 1:

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. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3 ESV)

Speaking tongues without love is just noise!
Prophesying, understanding all mysteries and all knowledge, having faith to do great things but without love is worthless!
If you’re offering yourself to be burnt but do not love it is worthless!
These three verses show the importance of love compared to all spiritual gifts exercised in the body of Christ. Paul also highlights the importance of love amongst hope and faith in verse 13.
This evidently demonstrates to us that doing anything without love is worthless and pointless. All our works and actions should be done out of love.
We should rebuke one another in love and any rebuke not done in love is judgement. 
Francis Chan puts it this way:
“Nothing you do in this life will ever matter unless it is about loving God and loving the people He has made” This is in line with what Jesus said about the greatest commandment in Mark 12:28-31 – which I will urge you to read and meditate on in your own time.
The reason why the greatest of all is love among the rest is because faith without love is faithless, hope without love is hopeless. True faith and hope do love. 
Brethren, I know sometimes we do struggle with loving one another, but we should ask God to help us love because through Him love abounds.
Brethren, let love reign! God bless you.

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