Is that not the meaning behind the commandment of the Lord Jesus in John 13:34, "That ye love one another; AS I HAVE LOVED YOU"? Indeed it is, which is also why Paul continued that exhortation about the body by saying,
"And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular." (1_Corinthians 12:26-27.)
Then the apostle listed out the sequence of differing members of the Body that God has set in the church, the Body of Christ. He concludes the chapter (verses 29-31) in an amazing way.
"Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with ((the gift of)) tongues? do all interpret ((tongues))? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I you a more excellent way."
What is that "more excellent way"? The chapter that follows is what is known as the "Love Chapter" in Scripture. And Paul begins that 13th chapter by teaching that, even if one has all the most powerful gifts, if ((I)) "have not charity ((agape, love)), I AM NOTHING." Paul then sums up the entire chapter in the 13th verse: "And now abideth faith, hope, charity ((agape, love)), these three; but the greatest of these is charity" ((agape, love)).
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