The chapter break was placed at a peculiar location. Most certainly the last sentence of chapter 12 is the intro to the topic of chapter 13.
And yet I will show you the most excellent way (12:31). And the most excellent way is the way of love, which is beautifully laid out in the entirety of chapter 13.
Love is to be the way of the Christ-follower.
You know angelic languages… use them with love or they amount to nothing.
You have spiritual gifts… they are to be used with love or they amount to nothing.
You have a heart for service and sacrifice… use them with love or they amount to nothing.
Love is the way, the manner of living, the attitude, the foundation for living as a Christ-follower. Period. End of story. There is no other way that can match the way of love. None.
When in doubt ask what love would do…
And what would love do?
Love would be… patient, …kind… not envious, not boastful, not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
This is love that is the way of Jesus. And that is the MOST EXCELLENT way… And this is how I am to live…
It is time to take stock is how I am living. Am I on the most excellent way or not?
How about you?
Lead me, Oh God, lead me onto the way of love and may I never leave Your path. Amen and amen.