That every fallen soul of manMay taste the grace that found out me;That all mankind with me may proveThy sovereign everlasting love.Jesus did not come with brilliant oratory, but with simplicity of speech, and a lifeof love. People thronged to Him because of His acts of mercy and compassion. Hisparables and the Sermon on the Mount are beautiful language, but they would bebut sounding brass without His life of love. His teaching does not save, but He does.The essence of Christianity is not what Jesus said, but what He did. Love issomething you do, and not just something you say. Jesus demonstrated His love byboth His life and His death.Paul is saying to the Corinthians, stop majoring on minors. Stop wishing youhad some unique gift that would make you more spiritual, for nothing will do thiswithout love. Covet love, and ask God to fill you with the love of Christ, and thenyour life will count for the kingdom. To try and communicate the unsearchableriches of Christ, or to try and praise God with tongues without love, is like trying toplay one of the Beethoven's beautiful symphonies with a clanging symbol. You aretrying to do the greatest task with the least important instrument.Someone said, "Love is the leading instrument in the orchestra of character."Without love there is no melody or harmony, but only loud irritating noise. In aworld of hate, discontent, and disharmony, it is obvious that there is need forclanging symbols to add to the deafening racket. What is desperately needed isspiritual Davids who can soothe the half-mad Sauls of the world with savingharmony from the harp of love. If we do not love we will not lift. Without love all of our efforts will be as worthless as the attempt to play classical music on the lid of your garbage can. Eloquence is only noise without love, and none of the giftsamount to anything without love.B. GREATER GIFTS. v. 2It is not surprising that Paul exalts love over tongues, for tongues were clearlyamong the lesser gifts, but here he tells us that even the greater gifts are of no valuewithout love. The implications of this verse are astounding. Certainly a man whocan prophesy and have great knowledge, and have such strong faith that he can domiracles, must be somebody, but Paul say he is nothing without love. Jesus saidthere will be those who will come to Him on the day of judgment and say, "Lord, wehave prophesied in your name, and did many mighty works in your name," butJesus will say, "I never knew you." Paul explains how this could be true by tellingus that they did some great things, but it had to be all in self power, for they neverwere motivated by the love of Jesus to do what they did. Their lack of love made allthey did of no value.