God is Love
|December 30th||December 31st|
|New Testament||1 John 4||1 John 5|
|Old Testament||Zechariah 13-14|
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
1 John 4:8-11 NIV
This passage is perhaps one of the most well-known among mature Christians.
And with good reason: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
These are some pretty strong words.
This love isn’t any old love either.
It’s agape love. The God kind of love.
The “sending your son to die on a cross for mankind” kind of love!
Let’s break this down further…
1 Corinthians 13 tells us that this God kind of love, agape love, is patient.
That’s not just meaning waiting and putting up with something. That’s a good start, but this is dying-on-a-cross kind of love, so it’s being patient joyfully, without complaining or having any bad thoughts about someone.
So, our verse: “Whoever does not love does not know God” could read “whoever is not PATIENT does not know God!”
How about love is kind? (1 Corinthians 13:4)
Love does not envy, it does not boast.
Just read down 1 Corinthians 13 in this manner and you suddenly see it in a different light.
Using this as a mirror to my own life can be quite depressing! The standard I live at, the way I love others falls short every day. It seems an impossible task, with too many impassable obstacles.
But the hope for me and the hope for us all is stuck right on the end of the sentence.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
God is love.
He is patient without limit, kind in every circumstance, never jealous or boastful. He is never proud, dishonouring of others or self-seeking. God is not easily angered and He keeps absolutely no record of wrongs done to Him or others. He does not delight in evil but rejoices with truth. He always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. He never ever fails.
And He, in all His fullness, lives in me.
Christ in you, the hope of glory.
That never failing, never ending source of agape love lives in you. Love lives in you.
As we go into 2020 next week, let’s go into it with fresh remembrance that Christ lives in you, that the standard of love that is put before us in 1 John 4 is the standard we are to hold ourselves to and should aim to live at because love lives in me!!!