Growth in Unity

Love is of supreme importance, if we are to know the joy of true fellowship and grow up in the divine unity in which grace has placed us; it is the divine nature, and so the true nature of Christ's body. This is not human love, which ends with death and which has been terribly spoilt by sin and selfishness, but the love that led the Lord into death for us that it might flow into our hearts, filling them with gladness, then upward from us to Him from whom it has come and outward to all who are His. One whole chapter (1 Cor. 13) is devoted to a description of it. It is this that makes the care of each member of Christ's body for every other member of it a real thing. It is the vital breath of God's assembly, the atmosphere without which no plant in His husbandry (chap. 3.) can thrive.