The Greatest of These is Love

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Bro. Greg Hoogkamp, Ingersoll, ON

In Paul’s letter to the Galatian believers, he lists godly attributes which are commonly known as the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). They are attributes he hoped his listeners would exhibit in order to live in the Spirit (vs. 25). The first attribute listed is “love.” In 1 Corinthians 13 (popularly identified as the “Love Chapter”), verse 13 declares, now abideth faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love. Love, as proclaimed in the Scriptures, is set forth as the preeminent human emotion.

Love starts and finishes with our Heavenly Father. Yahweh is a God of love. In 2 Corinthians 13:11, Paul says, Finally brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. When we look a little deeper, we will see that God is more than just a God of love; He is love. 1 John 4:16 says, And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. G