Most of us are familiar with the greatest commandment from Matthew 22:37-39 to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and the second to love our neighbor as ourselves
What about this one from 1 Peter 4:8?
"And above all things have fervent love for one another, 'for love will cover a multitude of sins.'"
Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is nothing without love. Every disciple should have and exercise the power of life. The word says that he who does not love does not and never did know God, for God is love (1 John 4:8).
Before we can live a life of love we have to understand what it means and what it costs. Do you know where I am going next? 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (AMP):
"Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God's love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth]."
From this passage alone I can confidently say that love is not a feeling but a decision.
Back to the greatest commandment: Before we can love ourselves and other people well, we must learn to love God with our WHOLE being. On Wednesday I am going to be digging into a question that Jesus asks Peter in John 21: "Simon, Son of John, do you love me more than these?"
What do you think Jesus meant by "more than these?"
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