September 10, 2011 2 min to read
Category : Teaching
Only once in the entire Bible is there such a clear description of our God. God has many names, many attributes to His character and His nature. He has many different emotions and feelings. But here in this moment the Holy Spirit inspired the author to write one single word to encompass all of who God is. In three bold words he captured all of who God is. He was not describing one of God’s many attributes. He was not telling us of some part of God’s nature or character. He was telling us who God is. His sentence contains three simple, yet profound words.
God is love.
He could have said, “God shows love,” or “God is full of love,” or “God loves…” but he didn’t.
It seems that the weight of this statement and this word has been lost over time because so few of us truly understand or know what love really is. We say, “Oh I love that shirt” or “I love that movie” and somehow, with each of these careless uses of the word “love,” it loses it’s meaning. Combine that with the fact the devil does everything within his power to destroy our concept of love. Fathers and mothers who should love their children abuse them. Husbands abuse and mistreat their wives instead of loving them. Do we love our neighbors? The list goes on… So in the end, we have so little concept of the meaning of love. Our concept of love is often twisted, distorted, and polluted.
Love looks like something!
What is love? What does love look like?
I’m so glad you asked! Thankfully, 1 Corinthians 13 give us a glimpse into the answer:
If God is love… then … God is patient, God is kind. He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. He is not rude, He is not self-seeking. Our Father is not easily angered and He keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. God, Our Father always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
God never fails.
As I said, this is only “a glimpse” into who and what love is.
When you look into the eyes of Love, you will know the rest.1 John 4:8 – Whoever does not love, does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:16 – And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
Perfect Love casts out fear.
Jesus Christ is perfect theology!
Anything you believe about God that you do not see in the person of Jesus, you have reason to question!