“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.” -First Peter 4:8 KJV
If I were to ask you about your love for others, I’m certain that you’d respond by saying your love for others is strong. Most, if not all, of us would say that we really love other people. Do you really? It’s easy to love those who love us. You know, our family & friends. But, what about that annoying coworker who knows how to push your buttons? Or, that driver who doesn’t know how to drive the speed limit. What about that person who loves to spread gossip and has been telling family secrets to the church? Yeah, we all have those types in our lives. How is your love for them?
Peter teaches us that we must love. Not just any kind of love-he says a fervent love. According to dictionary.com, fervent means “having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit.” We must have an intense love for others, a great warmth, a genuine spirit of love towards others. In fact, it’s so important that Peter says this should be above all things. An intense love for others should be at the forefront of our lives. An intense love for others should be evidenced in your life. I know, I know, it’s easier to say we should have that kind of love for others, it’s another thing to actually display that kind of love. But we must, and I’ll post more about that in the next blog post.
Why is having this kind of love so important. Because, according to our verse, “charity covers the multitude of sins.” Think about it. When that annoying coworker starts pushing your buttons, the natural reaction is anger or gossip behind their back. If you show that intense love, you may find out that they are struggling to pay their bills and have no food in the refrigerator. That church gossip, you may find out that person is just lonely and wants someone to hang out with. The driver who can’t drive the speed limit? You may find out they are having car troubles and trying to get to a mechanic. You see, when we start to love people with a fervent love, we will keep from falling into sin. Sins like anger and rage.
Why not ask God, right now, who you need to show fervent love to?