Devotional: June 13, 2020
Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
First Peter 4:8
What is most important in life? Possessions? Wealth? Status? Accomplishments? The scriptures state clearly that love is the most important thing. In yesterday's devotion, I listed some of what love looks and sounds like (First Corinthians 13 & the Gifts of the Spirit from Galatians). As we watch what is happening in our state just 150 miles west of us, a greater sense of love seems very absent.
How we treat one another is a true sign of love. There doesn’t need to be a camera to record our behavior, for God knows our every action and word. God sees and knows the depths of our hearts, and the love we have the ability to show others.
We all know that conflict is a part of life, from small disagreements in our homes, to events that overwhelm and impact our world. Just saying “love”, may sound like a simple solution. Yet true, honest, lasting love, is not simple. In fact it takes a lot of time, patience, work and energy. How do we get to that goal? Prayer! As our world struggles with so many different issues, we need to remember the importance of love, and the need for prayer.
Peter’s image of love covering a multitude of sins, many different sins, is inspiring. It makes me think of the old Sherwin Williams logo, which showed a can of paint being poured over the entire world! God has already poured out the can of paint on our world, and the color is love.
This concept of love bringing everything together is echoed elsewhere in the scriptures. Consider this verse from Paul’s letter to the Colossians:
And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
Colossians 3:14 The Message
It’s not really that complicated. God did not design love to be something curious or mysterious or unattainable. No, in fact it’s only one word, love, but it can solve the problems from many words. Only love can right the wrongs of the world. Only love can cover the sins of the world. So, our word for today, and for every day, is “love.” May we know God’s love, and may we love our neighbors, as ourselves.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.
I John 4: 7
Thank you for loving us and for your amazing, incredible affection for us: a deep love which forgives all of our sins. Filled with gratitude for Your love, may we reflect Your love to everyone: our family, our friends, our community, and our world.
We pray this prayer in Jesus’ name.