“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1
How valuable is love?
How do we value love?
1 Corinthians 13 starts off giving value to love. Paul makes the point right from the start. We are to give value to love, even more value than we already give to our gifts from God. It is the idea to worship and adore the Gift Giver and not the gifts. For after all, God is love.
These people were chasing after a behavior, desiring a behavior, and putting value to a behavior. Instead, Paul is asking us to put the relationship with God, since God is love, to the highest worth we can give it. Above everything else in our lives, do we give the highest honor, the highest value, to God? To love?
Many times when we focus on our behavior or the behavior of those around us we loose sight of who we are and who they are in Christ. Instead, we are called to honor God in love and honor each other in love above all things, specifically our behavior.
In saying this, we also can say that our love should never depend on ones actions or lack of actions towards us. Instead, true love, should be unfailingly given to all people no matter their behavior. Why is this so important?
If God chose to love us no matter our behavior, then how can a broken world come to know Him? We must show them a love that does not flow from ones behavior but rather from ones choice of covenant. It is a vow to love as He first loved us. Sacrificially. To love, not in order to get something in return but to acknowledge what we have already been given.