God IS Love!

God is love

God is love. This is a very true statement because the entire basis of Christianity is God’s love for man and His willingness to forgive by grace, all the sins of the world. It is why Christ died on the cross.

Yet, love is not necessarily understood in terms of it’s importance or impact on the everyday lives of people. We throw the phrase around like it’s a punchline. “Oh, God is love,” we say it because it sounds good. But God’s love goes so much beyond that.

Consider the writings of the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians. We love as a key component to our relationship with God and each other. It is explained in Chapter 13.

Paul defines what love is

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.

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.

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)

Do we really practice or understand love?

The wisdom of Paul’s assertions been taught, debated, argued and misunderstood for centuries. We say these things, and it all sounds nice, but at a practical, every day level, are they practiced? Platitudes? Meaningless phrases?

Driven by love, God’s grace, even more than His ability to create a universe just by speaking, is the ultimate power that changes the human heart. It transforms us into the likeness of Christ and that rebuilds all that has been destroyed.

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

Jesus shares God’s love

These are the words shared by Jesus with the pharisee Nicodemus. Jesus was showing “Israel’s teacher” that he had missed the point of the Old Testament writings by focusing on the law and not on the love behind the law.

Without the love of God and the acceptance of His grace and salvation through faith, we are spiritually dead. Love brings life. Those who accept the Gospel, God’s good news, are brought to life and eternal love of the Father.

Think of the power of God’s love. It completely overcomes the evil of the world, and in time, we will all this this unfold. Jesus said, “love your neighbor as yourself.” True enough. It is the answer to all of man’s problems.

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