Henry Drmmond's dissertation on the Bible's 13th. Chapter of Corinthians concludes, as did Paul, the author of that epistle, that the greatest thing in the world is love.
"Love is an effect. And only as we fulfil the right condition can we have the effect produced. Shall I tell you what the cause is? If you turn to the Revised Version of the First Epistle of John you will find these words: "We love, because He first loved us. Not we love Him, this is the way the old Version has it, and it is quite wrong. We love - because He first loved us. Look at that word because. It is the cause of which I have spoken."
"Where love is, God is. He that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God. Therefore love. Without distinction, without calculation, without procrastination, love. Lavish it upon the poor, where it is very easy; especially upon the rich, who often need it the most; most of all upon our equals, where it is very difficult, and for whom perhaps we each do least of all. There is a difference between trying to please and giving pleasure. Give pleasure. Lose no chance of giving pleasure. For that is the ceaseless and anonymous triumph of a truly loving spirit. "I will pass through this world but once. Any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."
"The withholding of love is the negation of the spirit of Christ, the proof that we never knew Him, that for us He lived in vain. It means that He suggested nothing in all our thoughts, that He inspired nothing in all our lives, that we were never once near enough to Him to be seized with the spell of His compassion for the world. It means that: "I lived for myself, I thought for myself, for myself and none beside. Just as if Jesus had never lived, As if He had never died."