I’ve been in a series on Wednesday nights going verse by verse through the Love Chapter or 1 Corinthians 13. God is showing me new things in what Paul calls the “greatest thing!” This “greatest thing” got my attention and started my research.
Someone has said, “Love is the circulatory system of the Body of Christ.”
In verse 31 of chapter 12 some have translated, “a still more excellent way” to “a still higher path” or “a way which surpasses them all. I exhort us all to begin, this minute, walking on this higher path which surpasses them all.
This “more excellent way” involves the “greatest of all things” that you see in chapter 13 verse 13, the Divine agape love which can flow through the child of God who walks in the Spirit.
Agape – The Greek word for God’s love. It is a sacrificial love.
This is a higher level of love than the love a man has for a women and a woman for a man. This is a higher level of love than friendship love or brotherly love, like the love of Jonathan and David.
Romantic love and brotherly love appeal to the emotions. God’s love appeals to the will.
1 Corinthians 13 (The Love Chapter) teaches us to “make love our aim.”
This is why Paul says at the very beginning of the next chapter that we should “Pursue love.”
We have seen in verse 8 that this “love never fails.” Not maybe never fails! God’s Word clearly says this “love never fails!”
Romans 5:5 (NASB95) clearly tells us: “…the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
When we become New Testament Christians, this agape is born in us.
Agape characterizes God and we see this in: 1 John 4:8 – “The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
My friend, love is what God is, and what we ought to be. God’s love was expressed in fullness at the cross of Calvary. Now, you might be thinking, who loves this way? In ourselves this is impossible, Luke 1:37 – “For nothing will be impossible with God.”
The secret in 1 Corinthians 13 is surrendering to the Holy Spirit and you will see the first fruit of His Spirit will come out of you. That is His love.
Galatians 5:22 – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love…”
You see, we produce the works of the flesh (self). Works produced by the flesh are human energy. Fruit is grown as a branch abides in the vine.
John 15:5 – “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.”
The fruit of the Spirit and our works of SELF differ from one another like a factory and a garden differ.
Notice again in Galatians 5:22 – fruit is singular not plural. You see, the Holy Spirit produces only one kind of fruit, that is, Christlikeness.
C.I. Scofield who wrote the Scofield reference Bible said, “The fruit of the Spirit is foreign to the soil of the human heart.” Meaning, we cannot produce this fruit in and of ourselves, it comes from the Holy Spirit within us.