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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Learning My Life's Purpose be about Love (part 2)

In review of 1 Peter 4:8 it says, “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.”

Bottom Line:
Above all, continue to show deep love for each other, because love will cause people to forgive each other for many sins.

What this means to me:
One of the most important things I need to keep in mind daily is to continue to show deep love for others. This will help me with my interactions and allow me to show grace to others.  As I mentioned yesterday, the best use of my life is love.  Here are two more reasons why I need to make learning to love my life’s purpose.
  • Love compensates for sin. The Bible says in 1 Peter 4:8, “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins” (NLT). The love of Jesus Christ covers my sins, and gives me the power to let other people off the hook. I’ve been forgiven, so I can forgive others.

As I see in scripture, David was not exactly a perfect guy. He blew it a lot. He lied. He cheated. He stole another guy’s wife. He committed adultery. He even had a guy murdered to cover up his sin!  But when David blew it, he admitted it, and he repented. He didn’t always do what was right, but he sought after the Lord and wanted to do what was right. God called David a man after his own heart. How could God say that about a man like David? Because it’s more important for me to love God with all my heart than it is for me to be perfect. I need to ask myself, am I loving God with all my heart?  Am I loving my neighbors/others as I do myself?  Doing so will cover a multitude of sins.
  • Love reverberates forever. I need to learn that what matters right now are relationships. In fact, the Bible says life without love is worthless and wasted: “No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love” 1 Corinthians 13:3 (MSG).

Because I get busy, relationships in my life often get the short end of the stick. I have a tendency to give first-class allegiance to second-class causes, and start skimming on relationships. This verse reminds me that nothing can take the place of love. Life is not about achievement or balanced schedules or recognition. It’s about love. This is extremely important for me this week as I have lots of tasks and to-do’s.  I’ll need to be vigilant that I not let busyness cause me to forget what’s most important.