Pursue Love...In Worship by Steve Patton
As Paul addressed Corinth's problems in their public worship he begins First Corinthians 14 by saying "Pursue love..." That may seem an odd statement when discussing their worship. But it was clear to Paul that one of the reasons their worship was unacceptable was because they did not show love for one another. There were divisions within the church that were affecting their congregational worship. Those divisions were there because of pride and a lack of love for their brethren. Some were even refusing to worship with some of their brethren (11:20,33). It was a sad state of affairs.
Worship begins in the heart. When he wrote "Pursue love" he had just finished writing about the characteristics of love of the brethren in great detail. He wrote that love is not being arrogant or rude; does not insist on its own way; is not irritable or resentful; does not rejoice in the unrighteousness of others but rather in truth; it bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Without these attitudes toward your brethren you cannot worship acceptably (Matt. 5:23,24).
Although our worship is very personal we must recognize that it also indicates our oneness and our love for one another. Remember, John said, "If a man says 'I love God' and hates his brother, he is a liar. For he that loves not his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen" (1 John 4:21). Let us all be sure we pursue love for one another before we offer our worship to God.