Intrinsic Value?
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

1 Corinthians 13 seems to assert that love is the highest of all virtues, superior to wisdom, knowledge, miracles, gifts of chartiy, and even martyrdom.  Typically, that love is expressed, as the apostle John indicates, in various actions of good-will.  But does love, by itself, have some sort of intrinsic value that stands over and apart from any benefit which it might confer, either directly, or derived from actions motivated by that love?

What do you think?  If love does have an intrinsic value, what is it?  How would you describe it?  Or is the value of love wholly defined by the benefits it produces?

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My command is this:  Love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
— John 15:12-13