How important is love in the life of the church?


Mat 22:37  Jesus replied, "’You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 
Mat 22:38  This is the first and greatest commandment. 
Mat 22:39  A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ 
Mat 22:40  The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments."


Col 3:12  Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 
Col 3:13  Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 
Col 3:14  Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

1Co 13:13  Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. 
1Co 14:1 Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy.


1Pe 4:8  Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. 
1Pe 4:9  Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay. 
1Pe 4:10  God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 
1Pe 4:11  Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God Himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to Him forever and ever! Amen.


1Jn 2:7  Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before. 
1Jn 2:8  Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining. 
1Jn 2:9  If anyone claims, "I am living in the light," but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness. 
1Jn 2:10  Anyone who loves another brother or sister is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble.

(All passages NLT)

Love is more important than knowledge, more important than programs or buildings, more important than worship or teaching, more important than missions or outreach.  The only thing more important than love is God, and He is love.

Why is it we structure our lives and our churches to make it so much easier to do all these other things and leave so little room to love others?

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