“And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8 NKJV)
Fervent love is a choice, and it comes with effort. The word fervent means “to be stretched,” and has also been used to describe a runner, straining toward a finish line.
Some versions render the thought as a command to love earnestly. Earnest love endures with patience and forgives the unforgivable. It is an echo of the love we receive from God. In the Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally Lloyd Jones calls it God’s “never stopping, never giving up, unbreaking, always and forever love.”
Practicing this kind of love for one another is really the only way for us to be “the church.” This Sunday, as we prepare to gather for worship, let’s ask God to give us fervent love for one another. Anchored in the bedrock of our awareness of how much we have been forgiven, let’s strain to pass on that over-the-top love to others.
Grateful for God’s love and forgiveness,
12 thoughts on “Sunday Scripture ~ 1 Peter 4:8”
Fervent love. Not casual or convenient. Not if I feel like it or if they haven’t snubbed me.
A lavish affection like Christ has poured out on each of us.
Amen, Michele. Amen.
“Not if I feel like it….”
Amen, my friend.
A convicting verse, but one for which I need frequent reminders. Thanks for expanding on it this morning.
We always write about the topics that are currently challenging our own hearts, right?
I’ve always heard of the word fervent defined as burning, glowing, zealous. In other words, “with a white hot passion.” Not only are we to love each other in that way but also we are to pray fervently.
I fall short – way short – in these areas. I need Christ to help me love fervently, to pray fervently.
I love your closing – let’s ask for help in loving over-the-top!
We need his love, don’t we. Ours falls short, is choosy, and just doesn’t stay the course.
I love reading different versions of the same verse. It makes the scripture deeper for me and helps me to understand it in a more complex way.
So true! Just a word or two difference can give an entirely different shade of meaning.
Insightful descriptors for the kind of love that transforms lives. I’m copying these down, as a reminder of who i want to be. Thank you, Michele!
I love how intentional you are about your following life, Nancy!
Thank you very much.
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You are entirely welcome!