By: Undre Griggs, Jr.
What is it about love that makes it so perfect? Love has the ability to turn enemies into friends, and it has the ability to create lasting relationships.
Colossians 3:14 (ESV): And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
We may not wake up each day with the intention of offending others, but it is going to happen. Love helps us be humble enough to apologize and forgiving enough to accept it. Love holds us together through the most difficult of situations. When we find it difficult to forgive, when we see ourselves looking for justification over compassion, we will find love is often missing. The Greek word for harmony in this verse means, perfection or maturity. Perfection in the sense that harmony is built on what has already occurred and continues to be supported by what is to come.
1 Peter 4:18 (ESV): Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
Sound relationships are built on trust, compassion, understanding, and love. Our relationships are maintained by the same love they are built on. We strive to maintain this perfect unity, because it is the only way to have lasting relationships. As misunderstandings occur, and bitterness or selfishness creep their ugly head, we have to return to what sustains us.
Luke 6:35 (ESV): But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
It is the reminder that our love is fueled by the love God has for us. We look at others and it is much easier to recognize shortcomings and wrongdoings. However, how easy is it to see it in ourselves? Love asks us to bear the burden of those we encounter. It is not because we are better than they are, but because we are the same. We are all ungrateful and evil when compared to God. God is perfect and without sin; He is full of love and righteousness. As those who sin, the wages of our lifestyle is death. God has provided us an opportunity at salvation and we do not have the ability to earn or repay this gift. It is a blessing to be considered children of the Most High, and it is the bond of love that connects us to God and each other.