Love is the Greatest

We are all familiar with 1 Corinthians 13. Every wedding you’ve been to has had a reading from it. Love, love, love. We’ve heard it so much we don’t even think about the words.

I would like to meditate for a moment on 1 Corinthians 13:13, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Love is the greatest, even greater than faith.

If I may humbly make an observation about this. I may? Thank you kindly.

The great call of the Reformation was “By faith alone!” Reformed religion makes much of faith, and for good reason. But is it possible to make too much of faith?

I do not mean to paint all Reformed brethren with the same brush, but allow me to make an observation.

It seems to me many Reformed brothers are more concerned that I agree with John Calvin than they are concerned about me. It seems their main purpose is to get me to agree with them than help me love.

Maybe I’m wrong on this, but it is my observation. Perhaps by stressing faith so much we’ve forgotten the true test of faith: love. Love is greater than faith. Perhaps the Reformation could have been built on “By love alone!”

It’s how Jesus said people were saved. There are some who believe, yet do not have love, because they lack love, their faith is proven to be false.

The greatest of these is love. I didn’t say it. It’s right there in God’s Word. Shall we adjust?

2 thoughts on “Love is the Greatest”

  1. It goes like this, a better way to say it.

    Ask the average Christian “what would you prefer a man to have, love or faith?”

    Odds are, the answer will be “faith.”

    But Scripture makes it clear that many people have faith, even the demons believe, but few have love. The greatest of these is love.

  2. This may not fully answer your question, but the way I’ve heard one minister explain it was to say that there is faith that accepts God as a temporal deliverer (He saves me from accidents and disease, etc.), He shows me the future, He plans my life, etc. And then there is another level of faith which reaches to the planting of God’s love in the soul. I think that is the kind of faith that the Reformers were originally preaching (whether it still is taught the same way is a good question to ponder).

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