The Greatest of These is Love

1 Cor 13 13


Why is love the greatest?

Paul described what true love is. Love is not defined according human standards but by God, who is love. When someone is transformed by God’s love, then he or she will reflect this love to others.  God’s Word commands, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:7–8).

Jesus taught that all of the Old Testament commandments can be summed up in love—first love for God, and then love for mankind (Matthew 22:34–40; Romans 13:8–10). Love is the essence of Christianity, and love never fails. This is another reason why love is greater—it never ends!

Because one day faith will become sight and hope will be realized. These two attributes will be unnecessary in the eternal state, but love will never cease. If anything, it will grow greater still when we behold our Lord face to face. Then we will love God and each other with a perfect love for all eternity.