And to Brotherly Kindness, Love….

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:5-8)

In my last post, I talked about brotherly kindness.  What it means to show true love to others.  This post is sort of a continuation of that last one.

and to brotherly kindness, love.

Love.  It’s all about love.  This is something I think most can agree on.  It’s what you define love to be where we may disagree.

I was going to discuss what my thoughts were on love – what is love, what is not love, what the world sees as love or hate.  I think instead I’ll save that for another post.  Instead, why not just share my favorite verses on love.  The perfect description of love – of Christ.  God is love after all.  So if we remember that in Christ there is nothing but love, we might remember that without Christ, we probably are serving ourselves instead of loving others…..

From 1 Corinthians….

And now I will show you the most excellent way.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.  Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.  Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

I think this one quality we should “possess in increasing measure” is not only the most important, but the one that will allow us to possess the others.  Love.  Jesus Christ.  Amen.

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