PROOF BELOW that bible expands LOVE over everything else.
Is there any coincidence to the fact that when references in the bible use the word "great, greatest, or greater" they usually direct straight to the word or teaching of Love? Is there any coincidence that references to Love are worded to always be "Above All" in importance? Just read the verses below and tell me if the context of the bible screams out the page at you (in that Love is expanded over all else). Life would be much more easy and better if we followed the teachings of love to the same degree they are stressed in the bible.
Colossians 3:14 "And ABOVE ALL these put on LOVE, which binds EVERYTHING together in perfect harmony." And 1 Peter 4:8 "ABOVE ALL, keep LOVING one another earnestly, since LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS"
The two verses just mentioned show how much expanded Love really is in the bible. "Above all" put on love and "Above all, keep loving one another. Ohh and lets not forget that Love has the power to cover sins. The word "Multitude" means a very large number, that's good to know because most of us have our share of sins! Though thank goodness if we just learn to love each other correctly, things take are of themselves.
Lets use an example where Jesus stressed Love being EXPANDED in overall importance of the teaching. In a day and age when women were more often treated as 2nd class citizens, Jesus ignore the hypocrites looking at him funny for talking with a woman who not only was a woman, but considered in the town to also be a big fat "Sinner!" What is the ultimate direction Jesus gives in this passage?
Luke 7:47"Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven - for she LOVED MUCH. But he who is forgiven little, loves little." And he said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."
BETTER TO BE A PERSON WHO LOVE MUCH AND MESSES UP OUT OF THE GOOD OF THEIR HEART, THEN A PRUDE WHO SINS LITTLE BUT DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO LOVE.
Okay lets use some words that include the word usage of Great in accordance with Love. We already know love has the ability to "Cover a Multitude of sins" and "one who loves and sins more, is greater than one who doesn't love at all." We also know the word GREAT or GREATEST is referenced in the greatest commandments that say to LOVE God and LOVE your neighbor. So lets look at a couple more!
1 Corinthians 13:13"So now Faith, Hope, and Love abide, these three; but the GREATEST of these is Love"
If you can move mountains with Faith, that's a pretty powerful ability in itself. We all know life without Hope isn't a life worth living. That's a pretty powerful thing too. Love is specifically EXPANDED and referred to as GREATER than even Faith and Hope. Though as we know Colossians "Love binds everything in perfect harmony" so I'll give an example of how Faith and Love go hand in hand. To please God you have to have faith as referenced in passage below.
Hebrews 11:6 "And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him."
Okay we already know you have to believe in something to have faith in that belief. So yes you must believe in Jesus and God and what not. But also in order to please God you MUST have Faith. How do you carry out your faith in the most pleasing way to God? By LOVING people not because it makes you feel better about yourself, but because you have Faith that God will REWARD you for it. By LOVING people, you give them Hope in their life. Every aspect of everything you do MUST include LOVE. That's why Love binds everything in perfect harmony.
Alright I'll reference a couple more verses on how EXPANDED Love is over all the other topics in the bible, before I start the next website page. One of the most beautiful verses in the bible, and one of the most well known heard in almost every wedding is the one from Corinthians (referenced above) that highlights the importance of spreading a message and doing all things with Love. Otherwise we accomplish NOTHING of importance. Without Love your NOTHING but a noisy gong or clanging cymbal, your faith means NOTHING even if you can move mountains, and all the sacrifice in the world doesn't mean jack.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 " If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but HAVE NOT LOVE, I am a NOISY GONG or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but HAVE NOT LOVE, I AM NOTHING. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but HAVE NOT LOVE, I gain NOTHING."
It's important before all else to build your faith and belief on the importance of Loving others, because that gets you the most points with your Boss Jesus and that is what helps make you see things through the angles God intended for you to see them in. It is a blessing when you learn to love...Even if that means Loving your Enemies which isn't easy! But more on that on the next page ----> FUNDAMENTALS #3 LAW OF LOVE