What kind of love are we talking about?
Not Eros. This is the stuff of passion… that’s not the word here.
Not Phileo. That’s friendliness… it makes us likeable… loveable… that’s not the word here either.
The word is Agape. The same unconditional love that God gives us… God so loved (agape) the world that He
gave his only begotten Son.
Examine these lyrics: “Without the Love of God.” by David Moffitt, Sue C. Smith and Luke Gambill
Can you imagine a mountain majestic, forrest resplendent in scarlet and gold.
Cascading waterfalls, sky blue and brilliafnt, a sight to behold.
Now cover it all in a blanket of darkness, capture the sun and forbid it to shine.
Paradise lost in the shadows forever: That would be life,
That would be living, without the love of God.
Can you imagine a table of splendor?
Candlelight falls on a table prepared.
Everything you desire, suddenly all you could long for is there.
So hungry, so thirsty, you drink of its bounty,
But everything tasted is bitter and dry.
Take all you want, but you walk away empty.
This would be life, this would be living, without the love of God.
What a haunting picture of this world without God’s love! Now imagine a church without God’s love… a marriage without his grace… a family without a trace of His mercy. Now Paul has to convince this stubborn, self-important church (Corinth) that they weren’t mature in the Lord because they were operating without love for one another. And they must have thought: Paul! You must be joking… we have to be mature… look at all our success! Look at our giftedness! What’s love got to do with it? Paul says the bottom line is love… without love there is no success, without love your giftedness is wasted.
1 Cor. 13:1-3
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.”
Now I can just hear the Corinthians objecting: Paul, we’re mature, we have the most eloquent speech you have ever heard. Now in the first century, great orators were sought after.
We still today fill stadiums, download podcasts, and attend lectures to hear great men and women speak. But Paul declares: Even if you have the greatest words of men AND ANGELS! But words without LOVE are just NOISE.