by Roby Ellis
[Scripture Reading: 2 Peter 3:18]
A. Of all the marvelous things with which God has blessed mankind, love is without a doubt the greatest (1 Corinthians 13:13).
B. Is it any wonder then that Peter would save this for last in his list of virtues to add to our Christian character?
C. You might be a loving person, but there is always room to grow.
I. When we talk about love, what are we talking about?
A. Learning how to love is a process of slow and steady growth (Ephesians 5:29; Matthew 5:43-47).
B. We are to love our enemies just as God does (Matthew 5:45), our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:39), and our God with all our hearts (Matthew 22:37).
C. We must learn to love the things that God loves (cf. 1 John 2:15-16).
II. Love really is the crowning virtue.
A. The one who learns how to love will not stumble (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 2:10-11).
B. When we learn to love, other virtues come quite naturally (Galatians 5:6; 1 Corinthians 13:4-5; 1 John 4:20-21).
C. The faithful Christian is always growing in love (John 21:15-17; 2 Peter 3:18).
A. Love would have you to keep God’s Word (John 14:15) and to share it with others (Ephesians 4:15; Philippians 1:17).
B. Have you been growing in your love for God and man?