I have always wondered why LOVE is regarded as the greatest by 1 Cor 13. Pondering on these verses, the Lord made me realize a few things in the context of events in the world, as well as my personal dealings.
We know that Faith, hope and love are essential elements for our life journeys with God. Where faith supplies direction, hope is the fuel for the soul. Love enables us to march in step with God in intimacy, as the rhythms our heartbeats align in cadence with that of His. When the timing of our steps align with His, there is no room for impatience (of God’s time). Thank God that because of His love, He always waits for us to catch up with His pace and meets us where we’re at.
Prophecies, signs and wonders, piety, and peace can be counterfeited, but love cannot. In this age of alternative facts, history can be revised, hence counterfeit history, and even news can be faked; but love cannot be faked.
As unity can be based elsewhere, lack of true love will give away whether or not it is founded on Christ.
Love from and for God, and for fellowmen is the motivational spark and the oil which runs and maintains each of the components of the five-fold ministry. Evangelists evangelize out of love. Prophets are mere clanging cymbals without love. Teachers cannot impart and will be puffed up with knowledge without love. Apostles need love to not grow weary. Pastors need love as they shepherd their flock.
Godliness denying the power of God can likewise be found out by the lack of true love, because Only love, is able to activate faith, by which the supernatural miracle-working power of God is pulled from the Heavenlies to the earthly realms.
Love, therefore, is the element which can help distinguish whether something is merely good or if something is of God.
This is why God designed love to be the greatest, even among faith and hope: love is the mark of a true Believer – why they’ll know that we are Christians by our love, with unity as a byproduct. This is why, in life, we are often given tests that will refine us to produce fruits of the Spirit in the context of and in accord with love.
God is love and is the only Source of True Love. Hence, True love, of 1st Cor 13 caliber, cannot be manufactured, but can only flow from the heart of the Father to our hearts through Jesus. This love can only pulse through the hearts where Jesus reigns. It is a love learned and perfected through situations, where there is a call to love the unlovable (which is why we are not to despise such tests when God is perfecting us, rooting us even more deeply in His love). It is a love, which strengthens us and pierces through boundaries, as it is the ultimate universal language. It is a love that we may never fully comprehend in this lifetime, and thus need to be life-long learners and ready recipients of. It is a love that we do not and cannot claim to deserve, a love that we receive only because of God’s grace.
As we spend time basking in the Father’s love, may He enlarge our hearts to catch more of His love, such that when life’s tests squeeze us, we produce the oil and aroma of His love. In the face of lawlessness and offenses, may we be truly relevant, as bearers of God’s fierce love. ❤
Just bookmarking more resources on God’s love and its types of manifestation: