A wise member of our congregation once advised us that we should preach about 1 Corinthians 13 at least once a year. Yesterday was one of those ‘at least once’ occasions.
James reminded us that the Corinthian church was the original messy church! It consisted of disunity, immorality, drunkenness, pride, confusion about spiritual gifts and errors about the resurrection (which made me wonder why many churches, including us, say that their vision is to be like the New Testament church!).
At the heart of the letter, Paul reminds the Corinthians that the most important thing is love. And not the gushy “Love Actually” kind of Hollywood love or the shallow “I love pizza” kind either. But rather the agape love demonstrated by Jesus throughout his life and most clearly in his sacrificial death.
No matter how spiritual we are, how much Bible knowledge we have or how sacrificial our commitment, if we don’t have love, we’re nothing.