The Corinthian church thought itself as a highly spiritual church in the sense that the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit was prevalent. People spoke in tongues, interpreted tongues, prophesied, uttered words of knowledge and so much more. So, within the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians, we find one of the most beautiful dissertations on love.
Yet, the passage on love, found in 1 Corinthians 13, was not written because the Corinthians in their spiritual exercises were practicing love. On the contrary, they lacked it.
1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. -1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Indeed, spirituality without love is not spirituality at all. For God is love. God is spirit. And out of his spirit comes forth love. Living a life of love is living a Godly way.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. -1 John 4:16
To live a life of love is what Godliness is all about.
We don’t need to be ascetics, hermits, pastors or priests unless one of these is our calling.
We only need to love truthfully God and our fellowmen.
Love is the purest of all spirituality.