I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.
The thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians may tell us what Christ is like, but let us not forget that it also tells us what we must be like to avoid spiritual tragedy. Let us not turn our back on this critically important teaching.
Without love, the kind described by Paul, my whole Christian life is a barren fig tree. It’s a neat trick to apply Paul’s words to Christ only; but it isn’t honest, and it is dangerous.
It is the Holy Spirit who sheds abroad the love of God in our hearts (Romans 5:5) and love is declared to be a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). But if our daily lives reveal that the fruit is not there we dare not assume that it is—”because the Bible says so.”
The absence of love as described in First Corinthians 13 is proof of the absence of the Spirit, or at least that He is inoperative within us. That’s the only honest conclusion. We can’t afford to be less than candid about the whole thing. PON129
[The] gospel breathes the spirit of love. Love is the fulfilling of its precepts, the pledge of its joy, and the evidence of its power. DTC165