Sunday, September 1, 2013

1 Peter 4:8-9

"And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
Use hospitality one to another without grudging."
1 Peter 4:8-9

We had a lesson on charity today in my ward's Relief Society, and it made me think about how important charity is... that we can know so much, and be so much, but if we don't have that kind of love, then those other things don't matter. What we need is that kind of love *coupled* with those other things... and then they matter again, and are valuable. And in this verse I especially like the "fervent" part. :) When we feel God's love for us, I'm not sure how fervent it feels to each of us, but I think that is a great description. Along with all the other things that the scripture says about charity... it is patient and kind, and not envious or puffed up, rejoices in good and not bad, behaves well, isn't selfish... fervency makes it all just that much more real. :) Selflessness with fervency? Tough to do, but how cool if we can get that nuance, you know? And the idea of learning to love each other the way that God loves us all... I really like that. To think that we could learn to understand how God can love everyone SO fervently and completely, and be so selfless... that our happiness and joy is his glory. I want to learn that... to feel that.Today, let's start by trying to be hospitable to others without grudging. :) And if we can master that, then let's move on to more advanced studies in love. :)

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