“But above all those things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”
Now don’t we need that in every corner of the world today. The love the Bible is talking about is the Agape love, the unconditional, forgiving, tender, merciful, humble, patient kind of love. When we look at the world today and see what’s going on, especially in countries where there is still war, oppressive rule, poverty, power struggles, Governments in disunity, lawlessness in society, greed, social issues – this love is in short supply.
When we look at the life of Jesus, He was drawn to the poor, the unloved, the prostitutes, the sick, as well as the ‘tax collectors’ and wealthy. When the Pharisees brought a woman to Him, who had been caught in the act of adultery, and were ready to stone her, Jesus simply said, “let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” One by one they left until only the woman remained. Jesus then says to her, ‘ does no one condemn you?……….neither do I, go and sin no more.’ Jesus himelf said that he did not come to condemn the world but to set people free. This He did on the cross at Calvary. When God looks at us He sees what we could become. Imagine reversing all the negatives that are operating in the world today with God’s Agape love – there would be less poverty, oppression, greed, lawlessness etc, because people’s attitudes would change, they would be thinking about how they could make a difference to someone elses life.
“For God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” [John 3:16]
Let us put on love, like a garment, and allow God’s love to work through us – that is the bond of perfection!