Love, The Essential Ingredient

Grace Law

READ : 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

This chapter in Corinthians is known as the “Love Chapter.” My first memory of really taking note of this chapter is when I graduated from elementary school in 1943. (Bible reading was permitted in schools in those days.)

I was especially fascinated with verse 11: “When I was a child, I talked like a child. . . . When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” This verse gave me the feeling of becoming grown up and responsible for my actions in life. One of the things I had to learn was how to give love to others. God says if we do not have love, we are nothing.

First, we need to experience the kind of love God gives to us. His redeeming love is the most wonderful love of all. When we accept this love, we are able to really love others.

Love is essential for life. Babies born sickly and who are never held in loving arms die, but those who are held and cuddled have a higher chance of survival. God gave us this love. First John 4:7 tells us to love each other because love comes from God.

God’s love is genuine: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13).


Dear Lord, may we always love You as You have loved. In Jesus’ name. Amen