Wednesday, August 10, 2011

1 Peter 4:8

“Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. (NASB)


“Above (pro: before) all, keep fervent (ektenes: without ceasing, earnestly) in your love (agape: charity, dear, affection, benevolence) for one another, because love covers (kalupto: hides, hinders the knowledge of a thing, veils) a multitude (plethos: company, great number) of sins.


Above and before all, keep fervent in your love and affection for one another, without ceasing because this great love hides and veils a great number of sins.


Above ALL things – did you hear that? Above your striving to have great church attendance, above your tithes and offerings, above your attempts to make a quiet time with God… a great number of sins will be covered if we stay determined to love one another, above ALL things. Please keep in mind that this is not love as most know it to be. The agape of the Scriptures is the perfect, unselfish and unconditional love that only the Father can lead us to. It’s not self-motivated and always seeks to give without any thought of something in return. This love alone is what will lead the Body to a new identity of freedom from the power of sin. Today, examine what kind of love you’re walking in, and above all else, earnestly seek to dwell in this place of unconditional affection that you have been shown by the Father.

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