In today’s text, the Apostle Paul pronounces the importance of love over and above the spiritual gifts. He uses two illustrations to show that someday when we are made complete in heaven, when we see Jesus face to face, we will no longer need the spiritual gifts.
… when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless. When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 1 Corinthians 13:10-12 (NLT)
Finally, the Apostle Paul ends this chapter with three foundations of the Christian faith…
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT)
The point the apostle is making is, in heaven, we will no longer need faith for we will see all things clearly. We will no longer need hope for our hope will then be fully realized. But love will always be needed throughout all eternity. In eternity, we will have a constant and abundant flow of love, for God is love.
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 (NLT)
Practice love as we ready ourselves for heaven!