God is Love

August 25, 2015

 

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is Love.”

1 John 4:8

 

“Love is what makes the world go ‘round”. Have you ever heard that phrase? In our society today the term “love” has many meanings, “I love this”, “I just love that”, “I would love to do that”, etc.  The term “I love you” is said in all kinds of circumstances for all kinds of reasons and some without much real depth or true meaning.  Human “Love” can manipulate or try to control, will try to get its own way and move in its own understanding.  Man’s love is full of conditions, rules, judgments, limits, etc. This kind of Love is hard to measure up to and hard to maintain. It is fickle and unpredictable, loose or smothering. We hear all the time that couples have just “fallen out of love with each other”.

 

We have also heard this term “God is Love” over and over, until the true and undiluted meaning is lost. We hear that “God is Love”, “God loves us”, “Jesus loves you”, but do we know the depth of that meaning? There is a teaching that is circulating in the Christian Church today that God is a god of love and all things are permissible and all things to be tolerated. This teaching says that God is so much love that there are no consequences for our actions any longer, God just understands and patiently waits.

 

The real truth is that yes, God is love, but that true and immeasurable love contains within it responsibility and accountability on our part. Even we as a human parent realize that in our love for our children we hold them to a responsibility of actions and accountability of belief. Why then should not our God?  Trust, obedience, respect, and willful submission are the responses to good, healthy, and fruitful love. These qualities are the responses we should have to God’s love.

 

What is God’s love?

 

God’s love is unique and unusual, according to the world’s standards.  Man’s love for each other is filled with spoken or unspoken conditions and expectations. We are disappointed, and even angered, when our love is assumed or misused. I am so grateful for my God’s love in my life.  It brings me peace, freedom, restoration, goodness and joy.  Who can understand this? God’s love is unconditional. I cannot earn it or be good enough for it. What I must do, however, is believe it and receive it.


1 John 4:19 “We love because He first loved us.”

 

Romans 5:8 “But God showed His love for us in that while we were still sinners, (separated from God) Christ died for us (to reconcile us to God).”

 

Revelations 3:20 “Behold, I stand at the door (of your heart) and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him (to your heart and life) and dine (fellowship spiritually) with him and he with me.”

 

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world (His creation of mankind) that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

 

The simple truth here is this; every single person has an eternal part of their being that will live forever – either in heaven with the Father or in a place of torment with the devil. This is the free-will choice of every human being. You need to decide; God has provided a door to heaven for you and he wants you to walk through it. This door is his deepest love and sacrifice for you, his son Jesus. 

 

In 1 Timothy 2:5 we are told that there is one God and one mediator between God and men, and that is Jesus Christ. There is no other way to be born into, initiated into, or received into this love God has.

 

God’s love is perfect and full of peace.

 

1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love (God’s love); but perfect (God’s love) love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love (God’s love).

 

I think God’s love is best related to us in 1 Corinthians chapter 13:1-8.

  • Without God’s love in our being we are loud and obnoxious (vs.1)

  • Even with great faith, if we do not have God’s love moving within us we are nothing and the greatest gift and understanding mean nothing. (vs. 20)

  • If we do not have the love of God manifested through us to be evident, even our generosity and compassion is as nothing. (vs. 3)

  • God’s love within us will suffer through unrighteous words and acts against us, will give us patience to love through all wrongs done to us; it is kind (thinking of the best for others); it does not envy; does not promote itself, is not puffed up (brag or lift up oneself in importance); (vs. 4)

  • God’s love within us does not behave rudely; does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; (vs. 5)

  • God’s love within us does not rejoice in lawlessness (oppositions to God, rebellion to), but rejoices in Truth (the Truth of the Word of God);  (vs. 6)

  • This love of God residing within us bears all things; believes all things (of God, of his nature and his Word); hopes all things (concerning his promises); endures all things (trials and hardships, tribulations and persecutions as a Christian for his name).  (vs. 7)

  • God’s love never fails and will always endure (vs. 8a)

This is the summation of God’s wonderful, enduring, unfathomable, empowering love. Always loving, always encouraging, always patiently pushing us forward into His creating this new creature in Christ Jesus, forming us more and more into His image. (Ephesians 5:1)  God’s love is the only kind of love that will surround you, overwhelm you, flush you with unexplainable joy, and equip you to live victoriously on this earth. Isn’t this the kind of love you want to be loved with? Isn’t this the kind of love we should love with?

 

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is Love.”

1 John 4:8

 

 

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