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The Primacy of Love

It seems obvious to say that love is the central element in any relationship. It also seems obvious that relationships are the
central aspects of our lives. But for some reason these two messages can be easily forgotten.
The Apostle Paul writes to the Corinthian church about the importance of love in their identity as Christians. He discusses the most amazing spiritual gifts, the greatest understanding of the universe and self-sacrificial giving to the poor and says that if all of these actions exist without love we are nothing and we gain nothing. The importance of this lies in the life of Christ. Christ’s death on the cross signified God’s love for us in his self-sacrifice, so in the same way we must “…bring good news to the afflicted, bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoner” (Isaiah 61). If our actions come out of a sense of justice but are devoid of love for the people that we relate with, we are no more followers of Christ than social activists. When we act on the Messianic office out of love for the poor, the oppressed, the broken hearted and in our personal relationships with our spouse, children, friends and coworkers we authentically communicate the long term commitment of God’s love. Paul addressed the church, saying that they could have all heavenly authority or all of the social action on earth but if they lack love it is all missing the reflection of the true deeper meaning.