Jesus clearly states and lives the example of what His disciples must do – love one another, as He loved them (John 13:34-35; 15:10-12). Jesus would show His disciples the full extent of His love (John 13:1 NIV). He washed their feet. They did not understand, at the time, what He was really doing in washing their feet (13:7), but He promises later they will understand. Jesus explains to them that He has set them an example (13:12-16) of loving service and promises blessing to those that are willing to obey (13:17).
The apostle Paul addresses at least 17 major problems that are working against the church in Corinth, but in the middle of the discussing the problems he shows the “The Most Excellent Way” – love! Loving the church demands that we rely on and live out of our faith in Jesus Christ. Without love we are nothing, we gain nothing, and we do nothing to help those around us (1 Corinthians 13:1-8a)!