Love’s Shroud

from Feb 09, 2012 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

If, as Jonathan Edwards proposed, heaven is “a world of love,” then love is pure, intense, and uncommon. But even here in this world, God wants us to display something of His heavenly love: “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly” (1 Peter 4:8). The Apostle Peter explains here why heavenly love matters, what heavenly love means, and how heavenly love behaves.

First, Peter explains why heavenly love matters. Peter begins with the phrase “above all.” There is nothing more important than our earnest love for one another. There may be other things equally important, but there are none more important.

Yes, there is wrath in God; but the Bible never says, “God is wrath.” —@RayOrtlund

Why? Why does this unusual love matter so much? Because “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Yes, there is wrath in God; but the Bible never says, “God is wrath.” We have to provoke Him to wrath, but we do not have to provoke Him to love. Love for the undeserving flows from who God is. This is why our earnest love for one another is so important. It is how we display the beauty of God on earth. Let’s never allow petty selfishness in our churches and our homes to mar the beauty of heavenly love for one another. It is the sum of all truly Christian living: it is “above all.”

Continue reading Love’s Shroud, Ray Ortlund’s contribution to the February issue of Tabletalk.