Posted by: SandreS | May 26, 2009

Love is the greatest! (Part 1)

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity (I Corinthians 13).

Love is “the greatest of these.” It is the greatest thing in the world! That’s easy to say, but what is love?

Before we can really appreciate the statement by Paul that love is “the greatest of these” we first must understand what love really is. Is it merely an emotion, a sensation, a passion, or a feeling? Although any or all of these things could be, and often are associated with love, at its core it is actually more than all of these things.

Love Is a Value System

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment, that ye may approve things that are excellent (Philippians 1:9-10).

Some things in life are “excellent.” This suggests a value system. There are numerous social, cultural, economic, political and religious systems to determine value. Ultimately only the divine appraisal is dependable in determining what is of real and lasting value.

We are to “approve” things that are excellent. The root of “approve” is “prove.” We must test the things of life. If they pass the test, then they are “approved.” “Faith, hope, charity” are at the pinnacle of these approved things; and the greatest example of divine excellency is love. Clearly does Paul write of love as,

… a more excellent way (I Corinthians 12:31).

This whole value system and process of approval suggests the idea of identifying the things in life that have priority, or preeminence. We must learn to prioritize divinely the issues of life. This is a result of spiritual growth.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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