The Greatest of These is Love

Kaleb Hopper

1 Corinthians 13:13

One of the most common topics in the Bible is love and for good reason. It was because of love we are here and that we have a hope of heaven. So what does the Bible say about love?

1 Corinthians 13:13 says to abide in faith hope and love but above all love. Why? Is love more important than faith and hope? Love has always been there and will always be. However, our faith will one day be realized and our hope fulfilled but love will never end (1 Corinthians 13:8). This is part of the reason why Jesus puts love as the two greatest commands (Matthew 22:35-40). Verse 40 say that all the law and the prophets hang on these two laws.

So, why should we love God? He is our creator (Genesis 1:26-31), He loved us first (1 John 4:19), and because He sent his son (John 3:16, 1 John 4:9-10). That is why we should love God. He has given us everything.

So, why should we love our neighbor or even our enemies? (Other than because God said so). 1 John 4 says that if God loves we should also love one another. Verse 20 and 21 of 1 John 4 says that he who does not love his neighbor can’t love God. If we love God we will love our brother. Also because we want others to love us (Matthew 7:12, Matthew 22:39). This love should also be extended to our enemies (Matthew 5:44).

As you can see love is extremely important. Without love we are lost. We would have no hope and no need for faith and this world would be worse than it already is. So, are you loving as you should?