“And above all these things have fervent love for one another, ‘for love will cover a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8
Christian living is synonymous with love. It is very important because the way we show love determines both our earthly and eternal happiness. Those who do not love do not know God, for God is love. God showed the power of love when he gave Jesus, his only son, so that we might have eternal live. Jesus also showed love by being willing to die the most shameful death on the cross. He left a commandment that we should love one another as he had shown us.
To live a life of love, we must understand what love means and then apply it. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says, “Love endures long and is patient and kind; love is never envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or prideful, it does not display itself. It is not haughty. It is not arrogant; it is not rude, and does not unbecomingly. Love does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or resentful; it takes no account of wrong done to it. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything. Love never fails.
Obviously this passage reminds us that love is an action and not a feeling. Love is the result of a conscious decision on our part concerning how we will treat others. Love transforms us. A person on the verge of giving up can make a comeback when shown love. Love gives people reason and strength to face tomorrow. When you show love to people you show them Jesus. The clearest way to show people that we are Christians is to show love to our brethren and even to our enemies. When we do this, we truly look like our Savior.