7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 2 Peter 1:7
These two qualities go hand in hand. It’s impossible to have one without the other. Of course, love is the overarching theme of the entire Bible, so it’s certainly not by accident that it’s the character quality we need in our lives.
Getting to the quality love, though, may cause you to run the gamut of all the disciplines in Peter’s list. If love were easy, everyone would do it. If everyone were lovable, everyone would be loved. But we all know that not everyone is lovable and love isn’t easy, despite the cliches, songs, and clever saying people assign to the word love.
No, unconditional love is difficult. How God unconditionally loves us is truly remarkable. While we may pat ourselves on the back as not being so bad, we take odd comfort in there being some really bad characters in this world. There but for the grace of God go I. We’re all bad and deserve eternal damnation, that is, apart from Christ. It’s as simple as that.
Now, what will we do with that truth?