And above all things have fervent love for one another; for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”
~1 Peter 4:8 NKJV
Fervent means hot, burning, glowing or having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, or enthusiasm.
This is what God’s love for us is like. He revealed His love when He sent Jesus to be our Savior. How wonderful it would be to have this love to share with others. Of our own devices, we don’t have it. Unless the Lord places it in our heart through the work of the Holy Spirit, we aren’t able to share divine love.
Jesus asked Peter three times in John 21, “Do you love Me?” Peter answered with the right words “I love You” but he could not express the same depth of love Jesus was asking about. Three times Peter said, “I love you,” but he knew he fell short of understanding the divine love that Jesus offered. The unconditional love Jesus has is in the original Greek language called, “agape.” Peter answered with “phileo,” meaning he loved Jesus as a friend.
The third time Jesus asked Peter, He said “phileo” instead of “agape.” Because this was the love Peter was able to give and receive, Jesus acknowledged this. Jesus was offering Peter far more than he had the capacity to receive at that time, so He met him where he was, but demonstrated to Peter that he could reach for more as their relationship grew over time.
Jesus does this for us also. He meets us where we are in our understanding of who He is. But He doesn’t want us to stay in that place. We are to “grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18a). How do we “grow”? We spend time with the Lord, dig into the word of God, and talk to Him in prayer.
How would you answer the question Jesus is asking, “Do you love me?”
Heavenly Father, thank You for the fervent love You have for us, which is a divine love that will be with us forever. As we receive Your love, show us how to pour it into others.
In Jesus’s Name, Amen.
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Glenda Shouse is a devotion writer who is published at Answers2Prayer, Christian Devotions Ministries, PresbyCan, The Upper Room, and other ministries.
She is Editor and a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More. She is a Contributing Author to Love-Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
Glenda’s prayer shawl ministry, Three-Strand Cord, focuses on imparting hope to ladies going through difficult times. Each recipient is gifted with a hand-crocheted or knitted prayer shawl. When possible, Glenda delivers these shawls personally and prays for each individual.
Those who know Glenda well are aware of her gifting as a prayer warrior. She is a powerhouse of prayer because she has a close relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Glenda is passionate about praying.
In her spare time, Glenda enjoys her role as “Grammy” to her two grandsons. She also enjoys reading, crocheting, and knitting.
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