Love is the Greatest Virtue

John Muller

READ : 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 1 Corinthians 13 is well worth memorizing. It upgrades love to the top of the list of Christian virtues. In the Corinthian Church some were bragging about their spiritual gifts. Love is more important than all the spiritual gifts which might be exercised in the church body. Love is immortal. It is a grace which will continue to be manifested through all eternity. It will continue after all spiritual gifts have passed away. In time …

Love Brings Unity

John Muller

READ : Colossians 3:1-14 Paul is calling on the Colossian Christians to set their hearts on the things above, to put the earthly nature to death and act like God’s chosen people. A list of virtues is given in verses 12 and 13. Then his conclusion is this: “Over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (v. 14). Love is the top virtue, which becomes the bond that brings all virtues together. Love …

God's Wonderful Love

John Muller

READ : Luke 15:11-24 The parable of the Prodigal Son is an example of God’s wonderful love. The son left home and “squandered his wealth in wild living” (v. 13), but the father continued to wait for his return. When “he came to his senses” (v. 17), he returned home to a welcoming and rejoicing father (v. 24). In this parable Jesus pictured to the critical Pharisees the love of God for sinners. Our God welcomes the wanderers home, and …

Unseen, But Loved

John Muller

READ : 1 Peter 1:1-9 Peter begins his first epistle with praise and blessing. He refers to “an inheritance . . . kept in heaven for you” (v. 4), to rejoicing despite suffering (v. 6) and to a faith that is worth more than gold (v. 7). Then, in his reference to Jesus Christ, he says: “Though you have not seen him, you love him” (v. 8). Peter had seen Him, and loved Him dearly. Later believers had not seen …

God's Love Surpasses Knowledge

John Muller

READ : Ephesians 3:14-21 Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian Christians was that they might be rooted and established in love (v. 17), and that they might know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge (v. 19). God’s love is so great and so wonderful that we cannot grasp its width, length, depth and height (v. 18). It is beyond our ability to comprehend. It surpasses our knowledge. We must be firmly established in that love. We must grow in it. …

Speaking the Truth in Love

John Muller

READ : Ephesians 4:7-16 “Until we . . . become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (v. 13). “Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ” (v. 15). There are those who feel it is their duty to tell people off, scold them, and preach a harsh gospel. This leaves out the winsomeness and attractiveness of the Christian faith. Paul tells us …