Love Above All
Since the beginning, God has shown mankind the compassion of His love. Unending love is the signature of the Lord being our all in all.
The Psalmist David said it best:
“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and loving-kindness.
“He will not always chide or be contending, neither will He keep His anger forever or hold a grudge.
“He has not dealt with us after our sins nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great are His mercy and loving-kindness toward those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him.
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
“As a father loves and pities his children, so the Lord loves and pities those who fear Him [with reverence, worship, and awe].” (Psalm 103:8-13)
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)
1. Have intense and unfailing love for one another. (1 Peter 4:8)
2. Realize that love forgives and disregards the offenses of others. (1 Peter 4:8)
3. Strife is eliminated when love is in the midst of all situations. (Proverbs 10:12)
“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.” (Proverbs 10:12)
4. Love saves souls.
“[My] brethren, if anyone among you strays from the Truth and falls into error and another [person] brings him back [to God],
“Let the [latter] one be sure that whoever turns a sinner from his evil course will save [that one’s] soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins [procure the pardon of the many sins committed by the convert].” (James 5:19-20)
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is (springs) from God; and he who loves [his fellowmen] is begotten (born) of God and is coming [progressively] to know and understand God [to perceive and recognize and get a better and clearer knowledge of Him].
“He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love.
“In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten orunique [Son], into the world so that we might live through Him.
“In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins.
“Beloved, if God loved us so [very much], we also ought to love one another.
“No man has at any time [yet] seen God. But if we love one another, God abides (lives and remains) in us and His love (that love which is essentially His) is brought to completion (to its full maturity, runs its full course, is perfected) in us!” (1 John 4:7-12)