The Love of God

1 John 4:7-8 says, “Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

There is no better way to say it. God is love and God is known through love. The problem is, our modern understanding of love has become so warped and twisted that “God is love” has for many come to mean something along the lines of “God will let me do anything I want, so stop judging me” or “God is some new age, mystic, hippie sort of dude who will live and let live.”

The best definition of love in the history of literature can be found in 1 Corinthians 13 and it is also an excellent short description of who God is with regards to His relation to us. Some do not exactly work, it is impossible for an omniscient God to truly “trust” or “hope” since both are dependent on limited knowledge but the underlying principle still stands true. Even more true, as we strive to develop these character traits in our own life we can both know God better and become more like Him.

God is patient.
He is kind.
He does not envy.
He does not boast.
He is not proud.
He does not dishonor others.
He is not self seeking.
He is not easily angered.
He keeps no record of wrongs.
He does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth.
He always protects
He always trusts
He always hopes
He always perseveres.
God never fails.

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4 thoughts on “The Love of God

  1. Well said Beejai, two many people today confuse sex with love, hence their desire for gay marriage rights. But it is a sign that we live in the last days of this age of grace, and it fulfills the words of Jesus who said in Luke 17:26 – 30 That as it was in the days of Noe and Lot, so it will be in the day of the Son of man. Thank you for your site.

    • Legal marriage and marriage under God are two totally different things. I hardly agree that the two are synonyms, thus shouldn’t be treated as such. To claim that a personal asset/rights merger and an oath between a person and God are the same should be considered blasphemy. I am not arguing for or against gay marriage, but wish the distinction was more widely understood.

      • Marriage is a religious act. The legal rights granted to a couple who chose to commit to each other is a civil union. Unfortunately, far too much of the world calls both by the same term. The former can and must happen under the guidelines God provides. The latter should be open and available to all equally if the state is to be fair and just.

  2. 1 John 4:7-8 are the foundation of my faith and admiration for God. It was from these two verses that revolutionised my understanding of the Bible. If I don’t know love, then I don’t know God because God is love. My immediate reaction was to go to 1 Corinthians, but it was still a description of love, not a definition, and thus I dug deeper. It is revolutionary! I suggest the same. I have an article to be posted soon on the subject and would appreciate your input.

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