Thinking about 1 Cor 13 for a group study in the next day or so and remembered this line by Mma Ramotswe in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.
I love all the people whom God made, but I especially know how to love the people who live in this place.
We are called to love God and our neighbour, to love our enemies and so on. But it’s hard to do that in a concrete way if we don’t know something of those people. And that knowledge, learnt in many ways, brings the insight to know how to love these people or this person in this place and at this time. It’s the how that moves love from the abstract to the practical and real.