25 August 2013
While it’s great to get up high for a bird’s eye view of the gospel, it is important and necessary to get up close with the details to understand how things are fleshed out. Likewise, in this passage, verses 1-8 gave us a bird’s eye view of the gospel. But now we come to the details that help to bring those ideas into action. And the first of those details is our love for one another.
But just what kind of ‘love’ is Paul talking of? To be sure, it isn’t the candy-coated, fuzzy kind of love that we see in popular culture. If we are to live as children of God, our love needs to be marked by the characteristics Paul identifies in this passage.
1. Our love is to be sincere (vs 9)
2. Our love is to discriminate (vs 9)
3. Our love is to be affectionately devoted (vs10)