Too often we Christians are content talking about love as if it were only a noun, but love is also a verb; it is something we do. When we recognize Jesus as our High Priest who died on the cross on our behalf, we have to do something. The something we have to do is keep God’s commandments. Jesus taught us that we should begin by keeping the first and the second which is the greatest of all. “And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” Luke 10:27 KJV.
The book of Hebrews follows a familiar pattern when the writer lays out a particular line of reasoning and then applies the claim to particular situations. Heb 13:1 KJV “Let brotherly love continue”. The Apostle Paul sometimes used this approach in his letters. It is significant that he begins with the importance of loving one another. Since he was writing to warn his readers against heresy, and even apostasy.
When people are concerned about questionable behavior in others who claim to be Christians, they often engage in personal attacks. In their desire to keep the Christian faith pure and undefiled, they lose their compassion for those with whom they differ. We can see this behavior in the church today. In a world of growing”globalism” and multi-culturalism, orthodox Christian doctrines are increasingly being questioned; and more and more divisions are occuring in Christian denominations. Unfortunately, these issues are not always discussed in the most civil manner.
Love covers multitude of mistakes.
1 Corinthians 13 comes right in the middle of Paul’s discussion of spiritual gifts. He paused to insert a clause of love. He insisted that we can have many spiritual gifts, but without love they are useless. We must offer the love of Christ without prejudging. The witness of scripture as well as the history of the church teaches that, love is the greatest transforming agent we have at our disposal. When we come to understand just how much God loves us, we will then start loving our neighbor not just as ourselves, but as Christ loved us.