And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 (New International Version)
Most know that 1 Corinthians 13 is the "love" chapter in the Bible. The Apostle Paul lays out the specific characteristics that are to mark our love. This love is not the same as between a husband and wife, or even lovers, nor is it the love that exists between friends, nor is the love a parent feels for a child. The love of which Paul speaks is the love each disciples has experienced from our Heavenly Father through His Son Jesus.
To love, the Apostle also attaches faith and hope as essential characteristics of our Christian life. Love is the greatest, because it is what we experience through Christ, but also it is the love we give back to Him. Our faith is the means by which we embrace God's love and become one of His children. Our hope is the sure knowledge that all of God's promises will come to fruition for those whom the Lord loves. Nothing will cause our God to forsake what He has promised.
Love is needed in our sin sick world. Not the fickle human love, which changes from day to day. The love our world needs to see is the type of love that enables me to love neighbor as self, and to recognize that my neighbor is that person who needs my mercy. The love we models gladly embraces the cross as the great expression of God's love for me, and that my journey to God begins by repentance, confession, and ultimately loving God with all that is part of me.