love

Love is a many splendored thing. They say it makes the world go ’round. There are many qualities and varieties of love. Some are beneficial, and some are harmful. Love for yourself. Love for money. Love for possessions. Love for other people. Love for God. We can love anything that comes from nature, or anything that is man-made.

We tend to think of love as an emotion, some kind of feeling we have for an object or person.

God is love. Christ is divine. So Christ is also love. He loved us enough to die on the Cross for us. He didn’t just feel sympathy for us, and he didn’t just think of what he would get out of a relationship with us. He loved with his actions, not just his mind and his heart, but with his strength.

What do you love more: things, or people?

1 John 4:8     Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

If you want to actually know God, not just know about God, then you have to have some insight about God’s character, including his love..

Anything we do should be done out of love, but not just any kind of love. Paul tells Timothy where our love should issue out of:

1 Timothy 1:5     The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

This is also the kind of love that Christ exhibited, because his love was based on his pure heart, his good conscience, and his sincere faith. May we all live in the light of those same characteristics.

Does God love you? Yes, he does.

Romans 5:8     But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us

Continuing into 1 John 4:9-12, John writes     In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.