I observe that Christians of the conservative stripe, who really care about not losing truth and sound doctrine tend to downplay it. In fact, I think in some cases there is this fear that if we talk about love too much it will somehow unravel our theology. If we let love be our motive that somehow propels us into liberalism. Why is this? Why do we fear losing something of sound theology if we talk about love too much?
Dave Black contributes some excellent thoughts to this discussion from 1 Thessalonians
The Good News we brought came to you not only with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with complete certainty. In the same way you know what kind of people we were while we were with you and the good things we did for you.
Did you see that? The good things we did for you. I’m haunted by the idea that God is not so much asking us to tell people what a friend they have in Jesus as in showing them what a friend they have in us. Paul’s mission was show and tell. From beginning to end, 1 Thessalonians is an epistle of sacrificial love. God’s love for the lost. Paul’s love for the Thessalonians. The Thessalonians’ love for their Macedonian neighbors. The letter virtually shouts: Love others! Love them until they ask why!
Within the scope of this conversation I am mindful of the need to always check our actions and thoughts about love with Scripture, and in this case, 1 Corinthians always has some good advice as to what love is.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.