By Christopher Simon

The Greatest Is Love

“No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”    ~1 John 4:12

Whether we consider love to be a commandment or a spiritual gift, it is clear that it is to be given priority over everything else. When Jesus is asked what the greatest commandment is, he says to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22: 37-39)

Although Paul speaks of love as a spiritual gift rather than as a commandment, it is clear that he also gives priority to love: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13: 13)

It is really quite simple. Our overriding duty is to love: to love God and our fellow man. This is, however, sometimes very difficult, as people are not always lovable, and we don’t always know quite how to love God, but that is first and foremost what we are called to do. All the great men and women of history have been great lovers, people whose capacity to love was seemingly endless. So love always and everywhere and banish fear and hatred, those two great enemies of love, from your life.