"The Greatest Of These Is Love"

J. D. Conley
December 10, 2017

"And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love"(1Cor.13:13).

The Importance Of Love - Any service performed without love is hollow. Sermons preached without love are nothing. Knowledge without love is nothing. Benevolent acts void of love are empty and meaningless. Paul teaches that love is greater than hope or faith. Hope will become reality one day and faith will be lost in sight. But love will continue. Love is a potent force in the world and in our lives. If it is allowed free course it will inspire us and comfort us. The church cannot make progress without love.

The Home Must Be Based On Love - How does the home stand the ravages of time and the evil influences that daily bombard it? Love sustains it. Love keeps and secures our family. A home without love cannot stand and is doomed to collapse. There is nothing that can destroy holy memories and a righteous upbringing than remembering a home dominated by love.

The Church Lives And Grows By Love - The Bible has a lot to say about the love that must exist between brethren, viz., "Let brotherly love continue" (Heb.13:1). "...love one another, as I have loved you" (Jn. 15:12). "And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness" (Col.3:14). Also note, (Pro. 10:12; Rom. 12:9, Gal.5:22, etc.) Love is to be paramount in the life of every Christian. We might comfort the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, pay someone's debts, speak well of our neighbors, give money, attend worship services, etc., yet without love it is nothing.

The Love Of God, Is It In Your Life? - Love of God will restrain us from loving the world because God opposes it, (1Jn.2:15-17). Love will generate kindness toward one another, (Rom. 12:10, 13:8; Eph.4:32). Love will forgive, (Mt.5:44). When we allow ourselves to hate others we are doing ourselves the greatest possible injury. If we were to search for the most miserable people on earth, we would know right away on which doors to knock, i.e., the doors of those who harbor hatred and resentment in their heart for others. May we love each other as well as others, whereby we accomplish and meet the greatest need and responsibility in the world!

"The greatest of these is love"