When Paul was writing to the believers in Colossae, he told them how to live as “God’s chosen ones” (Colossians 3:12-15). And, at one point, he writes:
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:14 ESV)
Similarly, when Peter was writing to believers scattered around the Roman empire, he told them:
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8 ESV)
Above all… love. Both Paul and Peter write this to some of their readers.
Did they really mean “above all”? Isn’t there some circumstance or situation in which we are not required to show love? Isn’t there some person to whom we are not required to show love?
Or, did they actually expect believers to show love in all circumstances and situation and to all people?