It is a common Christian sentiment that “Love is not an emotion, it is an action.” (Or something to that effect). However, the Apostle Paul directly challenges that statement in 1 Corinthians 13, when he states that he could do loving actions (i.e. give all of his possessions away, even give up his own life for others), and yet, not have true love. So, in Paul’s mind at least, it is possible to ‘love’ with actions, and yet, if the heart and the emotions are not right, then it is not true love. And so, what kind of emotions are necessary for love to be true, and how can we cultivate such emotions?

Alan Stanley preaching on 1 Corinthians 13, on the 9th of July, 2017.