We have begun a fresh new look at 1 Corinthians chapter 13, the great love chapter. As I look back over the 40-plus years of ministry of the Word of God here at Grace Church, I have decided that on Sunday nights we're going to continue to look at some of the highlight texts of Scripture and some of the highlight doctrines that we have studied through the years. We've been doing that for a number of years now and going over these great themes and great doctrines of Scripture, great sections. And certainly 1 Corinthians 13 is one of those. This chapter on love is the greatest that has ever been written on the subject of love. It is the sunum bonum of chapters on love and it is the highpoint of our Christian experience to demonstrate love to one another.
This is not really about marital love, although it encompasses that. It's not about family love, phileo love, although it encompasses that. It really is about love in the church. It's about loving each other in the body of Christ. We all know that God is love and we have been given the capacity to love because He loved us first. John says we love Him because He first loved us.
We also know that the Apostle Paul reminds us that the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts. We follow the divine pattern in loving and we have a capacity to love granted to us by the Holy Spirit. We should be best known by our love, "By this shall all men know that you're My disciples, that you have love for one another," Jesus said to the Apostles gathered in the Upper Room on the night of His betrayal. And Paul also adds that love is the fulfilling of the whole Law....