1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.…
Love is the first outgoing of the renewed soul to God — "We love Him, because He first loved us." It is the sure evidence of a saving work of grace in the soul — "The fruit of the Spirit is love." It lies at the very foundation of Christian character; we are "rooted and grounded in love." It is the path in which all the true children of God are found; they "walk in love" — the bond of their mutual union; their hearts are "knit together in love" — their protection in the spiritual warfare; they are to put on "the breastplate of love" — the fulness and completeness of their Christian character; they are "made perfect in love" — the spirit through which they may fulfil all the Divine acquirements; for "love is the fulfilling of the law"; that by which they may become like their Father in heaven, and fitted for His presence; for "God is love," and heaven is a world of love.
(Tryon Edwards, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.