As the Apostle Paul closed out his letter to the Corinthian believers, he ended with love and grace. Though Paul has been hard on many of them for their misdeeds and misbehavior, he let them know beyond a doubt that he loved them. I find it interesting that though Paul had many harsh rebukes for the Corinthian church, he didn’t single anyone out. But now he does single believers out with commendations and love. Paul was a lover of his fellow Christians because God loves them even more.
Remember: The two greatest commandments are based on love!
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him,” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the first and great commandment. “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Matthew 22:36-40, NKJV.
Later, the Apostle John wrote to the church…
“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.” 1 John 3:14-19, NKJV.
Walk in love!