God Is Love

 

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)

 

God loves you more than you'll ever know! God loves us SO MUCH that He gave us the keys to His Kingdom through His one and only Son – Jesus Christ. God loves us SO MUCH that He gave us a way – the way – to avoid death and have eternal life. All you have to do is to believe in Him.

 

Consider that love is action. Love is sacrifice. Love is giving. God loved and therefore He gave. Love always requires action – not words. And not only action, but action with a specific outcome in mind. An outcome that produces good and avoids evil.

 

"Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." (1 John 3:18)

"The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep."
(John 21:17). Jesus wanted action from Peter – not words.

 

Many of us say that we love God, our families, our friends, our neighbors – but we do not follow through with action. God's love is perfect. Ours has to be perfected. It is perfected over time through obedience. If we love God – we need to keep His word "But whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him." (1 John 2:5) In fact, His Word can be summed up as: Love God, love one another. "Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." (Matthew 22:37-40) Love is the glue – so to speak – the bond, that binds us to one another and to God. "But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection." (Colossians 3:14)

 

The imperfect love of this world love often produces fear. Fear of losing a loved one, fear that our love will not be reciprocated, etc. But perfect love – the kind of love we should be striving for here on earth as well – is not like that. "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love." (1 John 4:18) This is the kind of fearless, perfect love by which we should love one another.

 

Love is our DNA-connection with God. "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love." (1 John 4:8)

 

Do you love? Have you ever loved? If you do, you have God's DNA – you have been born of God and you already know God. If you love, you can now know that you are God's child – born of Him – just like Jesus Christ was born of Him. The more you love – the more you are filled with love – the closer you are to God.

 

We saw in John 3:16 that He gave us His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. This love-action by God and your acceptance of His gift – your faith in Christ is the foundation upon which you can know God's love – to measure the dimensions of His love. "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God." (Ephesians 3:17-19) How can we know the dimensions of the love of Christ in 3D (breadth, length, depth and height)? We know these dimensions because they are the dimensions of the body of Christ – the church of this three-dimensional world – the collective love among all of Christ's children – that we might all come together to be filled with all the fullness of God.

 

Before you did anything to deserve it, God already loved you "We love because he first loved us." (1 John 4:19) God has already acted on His love. It is now your turn to act – to show that you can love God fully and completely. "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." (Deuteronomy 6:5) Loving God with all your heart, your soul and you mind means that every fiber of your being should be filled with the love of God. If you truly love God, you also love those that He loves – your neighbors – your brothers and sisters. If you hurt your neighbors, you sin against God. "Love works no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." (Romans 13:10) Truly, all Ten Commandments and all the books of the prophets deal with sins against God or against His people.

 

We know that God gave us His Son as an act of love to save us from death and give us everlasting life. Belief in Jesus gives us everlasting life through the Holy Spirit. "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire." (Matthew 3:11) The Holy Spirit is our heavenly seal – and it cannot be acquired through worldly means: "Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which has a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be condemned." (Song of Songs 8:6-7)

 

God is love. You measure the true child of God by the greatness of their love.
Paul's 1 Corinthians 13 offers a perfect lesson in love:


1) Without love, it does not matter what good we do – we are still nothing.
"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

 

2) Love always does good and never does harm.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 

3) Love is eternal.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

 

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13)

 

Remember always that God is love and God loves you with perfect love and that He has taken the ultimate action for you to avoid death and have eternal life – by the offering of His Son. All He requires is for you to believe!

 

May you always walk in love as a true child of God!