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The Priority of Love from the Apostle Peter

Jesus taught that loving God and our neighbor was highest priority—“first and greatest commands” (Matthew 22:36-40). His most detailed teaching on love is how to love our enemy (Luke 6:27-35). In his final teaching moment with the disciples, he introduces his new command—to love one another as he has loved us (John 13:34).

The list of verses below shows how the Apostle Peter continued teaching Jesus’ priority of love in his writings. There is simply nothing more important than loving God and others. Nothing! Spend a season of time to read and meditate upon these passages so the priority of love sinks deep into your heart, soul and mind. You could also use these verses as a study in a group.

  1. “Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.” (1 Peter 1:22)

  2. “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.” (1 Peter 2:17)

  3. “Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.” (1 Peter 3:8)

  4. “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)

  5. “…and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” (2 Peter 1:7)

  6. “I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.” (2 Peter 3:2; we think Peter is most likely referring to the new command of Jesus.)

Gracious God, train our minds and hearts to always be looking for the next person to love as you have loved me—unconditionally, without reservation, “while I was still a sinner”. Remind us of your unfailing love and fill us with all the fullness of your Spirit so that we may love others with the overflow of YOUR love! What an amazing love! What amazing grace! We love you, Lord. Amen.

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