Members of One Another
Love Is The Greatest
Love Is The Greatest –
Love is the basis for all meaningful action toward Christians by Christians. John writes “By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother. For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another…We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death…We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren…whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” 1Jn 3:10-17
“If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.” I John 4:20-21
What Love Does:
Love guards against harshness, bitterness, indifference, and neglect. Love is not antagonistic to, nor a substitute for truth, faith, duty, etc., but is a prerequisite for all. Paul was thrilled when saints evidenced love for truth and one another and analyzed churches on this basis.
Eph. 1:15; Col. 3:14; 1 Pet. 4:8
As noted in our last installment, “Of all Christ’s marching orders, love lies at the head.” John 13:34-35
Please take the time to read 1 Cor. 13:1-13. Think about it. Pray about it. Practice it. It’s important.
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1Co 13:13 ESV