I don't think there is any coincidence in the fact that love has a whole chapter to itself. Most chapters you find in the Bible have multiple themes and commands but Paul found the subject of love important enough to set a chapter to focus on it.
The chapter starts out with some of my favorite verses. "And now I will show you the most excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but have not love I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 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 have not love- I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames but have not love, I gain nothing."
Paul is saying that even if we obey the commands of Jesus but do not love others we are nothing: we may as well not even belong to God. Those are some pretty heavy words to digest. Especially for me. There's all kinds of people I don't love: other drivers on the road, friends and family who've wounded me, people who take out what's happened to them on me. All kinds of people. Paul is saying that no matter what amazing abilities we have, even if we are putting them in use for Lord, matter not at all unless we are loving others. As Christ followers If we do not love others we have ignored the core of Jesus' message.
What I find sad about myself is my willingness to tell people I'm a Christian and my eagerness to tell them how much God loves them but fail to love others. And here I must mention that love is different than like. We won't like everyone we come into contact with and it's okay to not approve of someone's behavior or life choices and to not be BFF's with every person we meet, but showing love is different than liking someone. Like is easy to do and can end once someone does something to offend; but LOVE: "is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails" (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a"
Here's my question: If I started implementing this kind of love in my relationship with God in the way love is described in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, would my view of others radically change and would it allow the Holy Spirit to move in my life in such a way that I could love the way I am instructed to?
The ability to love the way Paul says to love is to start by loving God. It's my tendency to worry about pretty much everything, but I get discouraged when I read chapters like 1 Corinthians. "I can't love people this way! It's too hard!" And I'm right I can't love people the way Paul says and it is really hard, but that's why I need Jesus and probably why Jesus spoke about not worrying (though he is referencing food and clothing I think it's safe to apply the following verse from Matthew 6:33 to all worry) "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
If we seek God's way of living and follow his example of righteousness, the Holy Spirit will be so prevalent in our lives that whatever we need will be added to us.