About a week ago I searched through all the places where love is mentioned in the New Testament. I’m still trying to wrap my ahead around what I found.
Paul said it was greater than faith and hope and that it should be our highest goal.
Peter said it was the most important of all.
Jesus said it was equal to loving God.
John said that following the command to love defines us as Christians.
As someone with an affinity for biblical theology I get very excited when I see themes pop up in scripture, especially themes that transcend different authors and types of literature.
Love is a very big deal.
In all my ministry training love isn’t mentioned much. In all the books I’ve read and conferences I’ve attended love isn’t a big theme. Even with the missional movement and organic church movement I don’t believe love is a big theme. I think some people in these movements do love a lot. I believe simpler forms of church make it easier to love.
I wonder if all the tension over missional/attractional is something of a red herring. Maybe our churches aren’t growing (or multiplying) because that is our goal and we know very little of sacrificial love.