Q. In 1 Cor. 13:1-5 Paul is adamant that without ” Love” none of the other efforts will matter. Who is he wanting us to “Love” and what is his definition of “Love”?
A. In Matt 22:36-40 Jesus said the greatest commandments are to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. In the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 25:37) He said a neighbor is anyone in need. In John 13:34 and John 15:12 He said as Christians we must love one another as He has loved us. He said this is how the world will know we are His.
Put these together and it appears he was saying that love should be our default setting when approaching the world, and His definition of love is doing for others as we would have them do for us. I believe this is the love Paul was talking about. The love we express toward others is a reflection of our gratitude to the Lord for the free gift of salvation.
And remember, love is a verb. That means it’s something we do, not just something we feel.