Love is still number one.
1 Corinthians 13 launches into the most exquisite writings of Paul the Apostle; known as the love chapter. It is a common text for marriage and funerals.
Nowhere has there been a summary of words describing the unselfish behaviour of love. In spite of trouble and persecution, Paul could confidently say that love never fails (v8). This unfailing love is wrapped in the theology of the cross;
23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles…..
The pinnacle of love is in the act of Jesus Christ on the cross. The resurrection of Christ is the bulletproof confirmation that His love succeeds and cannot fail.
Today we are flooded with prosperity teaching of a God who acts more like a Santa Claus; rewarding us with material wealth. The more we get, the more favour we have with God, and if my house is OK after the Earth Quakes; I am blessed and loved by God. What about those who have lost their homes with failed investments, and the refugees who have no home or Country? Where does love fit in for them?
The fact is; love has a level “playing field”. It is not based on what I have or my wealth or health. Nor is it based on my desperate circumstances. Love is always expressed in the way I treat others.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Paul’s list on love is the reflection of Christ himself. Can we live like this? As much as I would like to; this love stuff still evades me, but Christ doesn’t. In other words; I need Christ in every way to keep on track. Love is still number one on God’s agenda.