In my last post we considered 1 Corinthians 13 and what it says about love and how that love is not possible without grace. All the attributes of love listed in this well-known passage require grace; the grace extended to us by God (who is Love) and that we need to be mindful to extend to others.
Let us now take a look at a bit of that passage that I did not include before.
1 Corinthians 13:13
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
I used to wonder at this verse; how love could be the greatest. After all, it is by faith we are saved and it is the blessed hope that carries us through our hard times. Right? Love is a commandment, right? How can it be the greatest of these three?
Because without love, there is no faith and no hope.
John 3:16, probably the most quoted of all verses, sums up the Good News rather well:
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son; that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
There’s that word, love. Without love God would not have sent His Son to die for our sins. It is by the grace of God that we are saved and that salvation is the product of Love, as manifested in Jesus Christ.
Without love, we would have no faith…no relationship with the Almighty. Without love, we would have no hope…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and the wages of that sin is death.
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.