As a Roman colony in 44 BC, Corinth flourished and became the administrative capital of the Roman province of Achaea. Still today, Corinth is a major road hub and back in the day of the apostle Paul I imagine it was a cultural melting pot with an influx of visitors from all over the world. Paul’s friends must have lived in an exciting city teaming with people, some of them brilliant, some of them influential. Apparently, in their daily interactions they couldn’t help but be impressed with certain people’s resumes. So they started inviting them over and listened to what they had to say. Some of their advice came to Paul’s attention and it did not sit well with him.
So Paul sat down and wrote a letter, basically a 101 on how to discern people. In a laundry list of human accomplishments, Paul featured people who were multi linguist, who had major breakthroughs in their scientific research and who were so powerful they could move mountains literally and figuratively speaking. Beyond that, they were willing to sacrifice their lives for a good cause. For all intends and purposes, this was Wonder Woman or Superman in a nutshell, right? – And yet, Paul did not think so by pointing out that great deeds come from great motivation. As an example, we know that sacrificing one’s own life can be the utmost expression of altruism – or it can be marred by cold fanaticism. Terrorist suicidal missions are a glaring example.
Heart of the matter then is the presence or absence of love in everything we do or refrain from doing.
To live a life of love, we need to be connected to the Originator of the universe. Original love comes from God. Love is real because God is real; love is authentic because God is authentic; and love is the greatest because God is the greatest!
1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”