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Why Love Is Greater Than Faith And Hope

– by Daniel Darling

One of Paul’s most iconic phrases is the oft-repeated text from 1 Corinthians 13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” This triad of virtues is used often by Paul (Colossians 1:3-5; 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 5:8; Romans 5:1-5; Galatians 5:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3-8). But here in the midst of the famous “love chapter,” Paul raises his volume and declares that love is the greatest. ​

What is Paul getting at? ​

We can say that Paul, by asserting the centrality of love in a Christian’s life, is consistent with the teachings of Jesus. Jesus famously said that the entire body of God’s law can be summed up by love─love for God and love for neighbors (Matthew 22:37-40)─and instructed his followers to be defined by love (John 13:34-35). So when Paul here and in other places (Romans 13:8-10; Galatians 5:14) asserts the primacy of God’s love, he is echoing the teachings of Jesus. ​

But why are Jesus and Paul placing love as the highest of all virtues? Here are three reasons: ​


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