From the seventh book of the New Testament, this epistle or letter of St Paul to the church of Corinth places love on the highest throne above all else.
The Way of Love
13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have aprophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, bso as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 cIf I give away all I have, and dif I deliver up my body to be burned,1 but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 eLove is patient and fkind; love gdoes not envy or boast; it his not arrogant 5 or rude. It idoes not insist on its own way; it jis not irritable or resentful;26 it kdoes not rejoice at wrongdoing, but lrejoices with the truth. 7 mLove bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, eendures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For nwe know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but owhen the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For pnow we see in a mirror dimly, but qthen face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as rI have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
As a young Catholic man I remember kneeling by my bedside praying for the gift of tongues. I was making an extreme endeavour to be free of my very volatile teenage years. My family were practising Catholic Charismatic Renewal, so the gifts of the spirit were displays at their local meetings. I too wanted to experience them and prayed incessantly to speak in tongues.
As nothing was happening I randomly flipped open the bible, as we did then in hope of a special message from God. And guess what, it opened on the above epistle and I read 'If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal'. Right then I closed the holy book and quite on perusing speaking in tongues. Paul's message hit me in a profound way. From then I became a believer in love beyond all things. In Hinduism this is called the path of love or bhakti-yoga.