BIRKS, ROB – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, 8-10 & 13 (not even paraphrased – reimagined): If I know the complete 153-year history of my movement, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I can recite all of the doctrines verbatim, and if I read each publication and book thoroughly, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I attend a service (or two) in a building owned by an organization that helps the poor and if I can write and preach an alliterated sermon which wows everyone who hears it and if I am a business wiz, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love never fails. But where there are uniforms, they will cease; where there are bands (brass & praise) & songsters & timbrels they will be stilled; where there are ranks, flags, kettles and an appointment system, they will pass away. For we know a little about a lot of things (and we know a lot about some little things). But when the time comes, it’s all for nothing. There is a lot to be thankful for and proficient in. But the greatest thing God’s Army has is love.