“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).
Note 4 things about FERVENT CHARITY:
(1) Its Priority.
“And above all things….”
Charity, or love, should be a priority in the Christian’s life. When we interact with others, the love of Christ should be evident. When we deal with others, whether they have mistreated us or not, love should be our motive. Love should define our actions and reactions.
(2) Its Perpetuity.
“…have fervent charity….”
The word “fervent” means “without ceasing.” This is a continual display of love. Christ’s love for His own is a constant, never changing, uninterrupted kind of love. That’s the way our love should be. We should love people more and more. We ought to express a compassion towards all, not because of who they are, but because of what they need — CHRIST. We need to grow in our love. We need to shine or show forth our love. The love of Christ should be seen through our lives more abundantly.
(3) Its Participation.
“have fervent charity among yourselves.…”
This is a characteristic that everyone needs to cultivate. This is something that ALL should participate in. I am not excluded. You are not exempt. It is my duty as a follower of Christ to love the good and the bad; the friendly and the unfriendly, saint and sinner. If everyone would participate in “fervent charity,” we would see a fervent progress.
(4) Its Pardon.
“for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”
Every born-again child of God should have NO problem with this result. If it were not for the love of God extended to fallen man we all would be without hope and bound for an eternal hell. But thanks be to God who “so loved” us when we were dead in our trespasses and sins. His love erased our sin debt! We, who have experienced that perfect love should now desire to express that perfect love to sinners everywhere. What a blessing “fervent charity” would be for a lonely sinner in need of a place to belong. What a change “fervent charity” would bring to those who are without.