The Greatest of These Is Love (1 Cor. 13:13):
“Love is the first outgoing of the renewed soul to God–“We love him, because he first loved us” [1 Jn. 4:19]. It is the sure evidence of a saving work of grace in the soul–“The fruit of the Spirit is love” [Gal. 5:22]. It lies at the very foundation of Christian character; we are “rooted and grounded in love“ [Eph. 3:17]. It is the path in which all the true children of God are found; they “walk in love” [Eph. 5:2]– the bond of their mutual union; their hearts are “knit together in love“ [Col. 2:2] –their protection in the spiritual warfare; they are to put on “the breastplate of love“ [1 Thess. 5:8] –the fulness and completeness of their Christian character; they are “made perfect in love” [1 Jn. 4:18]; –the spirit through which they may fulfill all the Divine acquirements; for “love is the fulfilling of the law” [Rom. 13:10]; that by which they may become like their Father in heaven and fitted for his presence; for “God is love” [1 Jn. 4:8], and Heaven is a world of LOVE.”
*The following paragraph was written by Tryon Edwards, a grandson of Jonathan Edwards, in his introduction to Charity and Its Fruits, which was a series of lectures given by Jonathan Edwards on the nature and manifestations of love.