To increase as the body of Christ, a church must have love (Jn. 13:35). A church can overcome any barrier if love permeates the
fellowship (Acts 2:44).
Paul described a kind of love called agape. Jesus demonstrated this kind of love by His sacrificial death at Calvary (Jn. 3:16).
This kind of love exists in a Christian home when a husband cherishes the wife (Eph. 5:25). This kind of love also exists in
the Church when the believers sacrifice for one another (Jn. 15:13). Spiritual gifts alone will not build the church – love builds
the church (1 Cor. 8:1).
In 1890 Henry Drummond wrote the famous book on 1 Corinthians 13 entitled The Greatest Thing in the World.
A church which practices the love pictured in 1 Corinthians 13 will become the greatest church in the world.
Service to God is empty without love. A church will not be evangelistic and missionary without love. Men extracted and buried David Livingstone’s heart in Africa because of Livingstone’s love for that land.
Love endures forever because God is love (1 Jn. 4:8). John Wesley said, “And when you are asking others, ‘Have you received this or that blessing:’ – if you mean anything but more love, you mean wrong. . .
Settle it in your heart, that. . . you are to aim at nothing more, but more of that love described in the thirteenth of Corinthians.”