Love is the essence of New Testament Christianity.
Love is the fulfilling of the law.
Love is what the Gospel demonstrated–while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Now abides faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love.
Love is greater than faith.
I doubt many “faith alone” folks consider that verse. (Another example of Church Tradition trumping Scripture.)
Love is the main deal.
If you love the things in the world, you can’t be loving God. You love the one and hate the other. If you love God, you hate the things in the world. Friendship with the world is enmity with God.
If you hate people, then there is no love. Being angry without cause is equivalent to murder. Love gives place to wrath, and lets God take vengeance.
Love never goes in debt in any way. Owe no man anything but to love. This is more than just a mortgage, it’s indebtedness of any kind.
Love goes the extra mile and gives more than was asked. Love loans and never asks for in return.
It makes me chuckle when believers celebrate that they aren’t under the law, “We do things out of love now, not fearful obedience!”
I hope so, but still, which is harder, keeping commandments that mostly deal with externals for a short period of time, or having a right heart that sacrificially gives to others, perfectly like Christ?
Love is the whole deal. God loved us and sent His Son. We put faith in His Son and then become like His Son. We love.
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.“
(By the way, I quoted many verses in this post. I didn’t feel like linking to all of them, but most phrases above are quotations from the Bible. Love is a huge deal. I wonder what life would look like if we really believed this?)