1 Corinthians 13:1-3: “If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”

One day Paul mailed an important letter to Corinth. It is one of the letters that are recorded in the New Testament.

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 then I imagine was a cultural melting pot with an influx of visitors from all over the world. Paul’s friends lived in an exciting city and they met a lot of interesting people. Apparently, in their daily interactions they couldn’t help but become 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 check out people. In a laundry list of human accomplishments Paul featured some remarkable stuff, brilliant people who are multi linguist, perform major breakthrough in scientific research, move mountains – only to top it off with sacrificing their lives for a good cause. Wonder Woman or Superman if there ever was one! And yet, Paul didn’t think so. He basically says that great deeds rely on 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 issue then is the presence or absence of love in all we do or don’t do.

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: “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”

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