If there is anything that those of us who are in Christ ought to pursue, it is the pursuit of love, the agape kind of love with which God loves us in Christ Jesus. That’s the kind of love of God that secures and guaranties our eternal salvation through the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus forgiving us of all our sin when we open our heart to Him and making us brand new children of our Heavenly Father(John 3:16, 1:12). The book of Proverbs 10:12 said, “Hatred stirs up conflict but love, covers all wrong.” Perhaps, Apostle Peter had this Bible reference in mind when he said, “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). The greatest command which God gave to our Old Testament patriarchs states, “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:14). When Jesus was asked which is the greatest command in the Law, He replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. And the second is like it: ”Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophet hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:32-40). The reality, however is that none of us can really love so sacrificially in our own strength, except as we depend on the Lord Jesus who enables us by His Holy Spirit inside a believer’s heart (John 15:5-7).
If the love of God is deeply rooted in our heart, we can overcome all odds against us and care for others even if they are our enemies who hate with passion. Why and how? It is because that’s exactly how God himself has loved us through Jesus Christ. That’s why Jesus enjoins us. “A new command I give you? Love one another. As I have loved you so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35). Following Jesus’ mandate, Apostle Paul gives and clarifies the practical application of this God’s love in 1 Corinthians 13 for the New Testament believers and disciples thus: “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body [a]to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing”
(vv.1-3). I Pray God’s grace for all of us living out this kind of God’s love daily, Dr. Johnson Omoni