Above All Put on Love

Jeff Munroe

READ : 1 Corinthians 13

The greatest of these is love. (v. 13)

In The Message, Eugene Peterson translates Colossians 3:12 as “Dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you.” The key piece in that wardrobe is love. Paul says, “Above all, put on love.” Maybe it is best to think of love as “the Christian’s overcoat.” Or perhaps love is best understood as the glasses through which we should view the world and each other. C. S. Lewis said, “This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.” To see others as they truly are and still love is a wonderful thing.

Perhaps you notice some repetition between Paul’s famous list of what love is in 1 Corinthians 13 and the list of essential Christian attributes in Colossians 3. This is no coincidence. To be a Christian means love. Love is, quite simply, the most important thing in our lives.

I remember a college professor of mine insisting that indifference, instead of hate, is the real opposite of love. Hate, he said, meant there still was an emotional connection. Indifference meant not caring one way or the other. He was on to something. Who wants an indifferent surgeon, pilot, coach, pastor, or spouse? We want people to care deeply because it is love that gives life its flavor. Here’s C. S. Lewis again: “Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.”

PRAYER

Lord, let us be like you and be lovers.