“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” — 1 Peter 4:8
Life is too short to read all the books, see all the sights, hear all the people, and participate in all the exciting activities. The biggest problem facing us is that of selection. Constantly we must choose the best way and the greatest good.
Paul, in writing to the believers at Corinth, listed many spiritual gifts, but, he concluded that the way of divine love is “a more excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31). He announced plainly that love is better and greater than any other conceivable gift.
Peter came to the same conclusion in his first epistle. He taught the early church many principles for living, but he too rated God’s love as the supreme pursuit of life.
During the first century after Christ, Tertullian, an early Christian theologian, wrote: “It is our care for the helpless, our practice of lovingkindness, that brands us in the eyes of many of our opponents. ‘Look,’ they say, ‘how they love one another. Look how they are prepared to die for one another.’”
Tradition tells us about the aged apostle John bidding farewell to his congregation. Once again he encouraged them to love one another. They nodded carelessly and said, “We want something new–give us a new commandment.” He quoted, “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another” (John 13:34).
John had nothing else to say. Everything is wrapped up in one big bundle of love for Christ, for one another, for a needy world. Three major New Testament writers–Peter, Paul, and John–identified the pursuit of God’s love as the greatest goal in life.
Many readily admit their need and even their desire to know more of God’s love. The big question is, How can I experience that love? Paul challenges all believers to follow after love (1 Corinthians 14:1).
The word “follow” is not a passive word but an active word. It involves dedication, determination, and discipline. The pursuit of God’s love is a full-time, lifelong vocation!