1 Peter 4: 7-11. The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen (NIV).
Loving Others Deeply
We live in a love-deficient world. In a world of superficial love, where lust and manipulation are disguised for real love, God’s instruction for us to love each other deeply is more challenging and yet appropriate. We all long to be loved but are we willing to be proactive and step out to love our brothers and sisters with the agape—unconditional—love of God? The love that the Bible talks about is one that gives without expecting anything back. It is the love that causes us to love even those who are unlovable. That’s what meaningful life is all about: loving our fellow human beings deeply, with no reservations.
The Bible says “love covers over a multitude of sins.” Maybe you have people in your home or even here in the church that are very difficult to love. They have bad habits that put you off all the time. The love of God will help you to forgive and love them just as they are. After all, that’s how God loves us. He loves us in our sins, failures and ugliness, and then forgives us, gives us a life full of joy, peace, purpose and freedom.
There is no such a thing as passive love. Love is necessarily active. Love involves, giving. That’s why the Word of God exhorts us to “offer hospitality to one another without grumbling” (verse 9). Depending on your context this may mean feeding a homeless person or offering him some warm clothing or even shelter. It may mean welcoming an itinerant preacher in your home. Or it may involve inviting our brothers and sisters in the faith to our homes and sharing whatever we have with them without expecting anything back.
So, another way to make your short life count is by loving our brothers and sisters deeply.