“He who does not love, does not know God”
– 1 John 4:8
The Bible stated four levels of love namely Eros, Storge, Phileo, and Agape. Agape love is the highest level of them all. Only God can give that kind of love. Those three remaining levels are love that man can make. They are imperfect and not pure.
Importance of Love
A. Love is important in the gift of tongues.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” (1 Corinthians 13:1 NIV)
B. Love is important in the gift of prophecy and knowledge.
“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2 NIV)
C. Love is important in the gift of giving.
“If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:3 NIV)
Practical Effect of Love
A. Love has effect in sainthood attitude.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy,…” (1 Corinthians 13:4a NIV)
B. Love has effect in our own attitude.
“…it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,…” (1 Corinthians 13:4b-5a NIV)
C. Love has effect regarding sins.
“…it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” (1 Corinthians 13:5b-6 NIV)
D. Love has effect regarding our situations.
“It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (1 Corinthians 13:7 NIV)
Unchangeable Ability of Love
A. Unlike other gifts, love is permanent.
“Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)
B. Unlike the other gifts, love is complete.
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” (1 Corinthians 13:9-11 NIV)
“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12 NIV)
The Power of Love
Love is God’s greatest gift.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)
Love over the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galacians 5:22-23 NIV)
Joy is the love exulting.
Peace is the love reposing.
Patience is the love untiring.
Goodness is the love enduring.
Faithfulness is the love in action.
Gentleness is the love in the battle field.
Self-Control is the love in training.
© Pastor Lito Marquez of Jesus is Lord Batangas