For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. Galatians 5:6
There is a kind of Gresham's Law of Love at work in our society today: debased definitions of this highest of virtues have all but obscured and eliminated the true meaning of the word. It's not likely, after all, that when the Beatles sang, "All you need is love," they had in mind precisely what Jesus was exhorting us to in Matthew 22:34-40, or Paul in 1 Corinthians 13. There is even a beer ad that equates the product with love; a picture of the beer and the word "love" are the only things on the billboard.
We have seen that Christians are not saved by works, but they aren't saved without works, either. Real faith is work, as the love of God bears down on us, moving us to reach out with that love to others. And, as Paul says, in the Christian life, faith working by love is the true measure of faith, the only thing that matters. But if it's so hard to understand what love actually is, or if every generation is free to re-define love to suit its own meanings and implications, what difference does it make what we do, as long as we are doing it in the name of love? One man's love, after all, might be another man's transgression, but if all we need is love, however we may define it, somehow or another it will all work itself out, right?
Which is why when it comes to the nature of the works of love which constitute and define the life of faith we must look not to ourselves or the spiritus mundi, but to the Word of God in Scripture. And when we look there, we find clear and concise definitions of love, a love we can grow into and that will never fail to bring honor and glory to God and fulfillment to our lives of faith, as often as we express it.
And of what does that love consist (you're probably not going to like this)?