Who is LOVE?
Throughout our series, we’ve learned about the different aspects of love. However, you can try your best to pick up these different personas, but if you don’t know the originator of love, then you’re at a loss.
God sent Jesus down to earth to save the world. He allowed Jesus to show us the ultimate action of love as He died on the cross for our sins. He did this in order to allow us to have a relationship with the Father, and to abolish the laws and rituals that needed to be fulfilled in order to communicate with God. Through this, we are able to speak to God when we need Him, and we are given His Holy Spirit to guide and comfort us in any situation.
Love cannot be given if God is not involved in it. You cannot love without God. God is love.
Many of you may ask:
So if I’m dating someone that isn’t a Christian, do you mean to tell me that they don’t really love me? I beg to differ. I think he loves me, and he goes ahead to show me that he loves me.
Let me make an analogy here. Salvation is for those who believe, and not for those who “act” as if they believe. As a child, I would always be asked or hear the question, “What if someone never lies and they are a good person and donate to charities, will they go to heaven?” The answer, unfortunately is no. The only criteria for getting to heaven, is to believe in Jesus Christ. If you fail to do that, you’ve done all your good deeds in vain. God is not looking for anyone that is “good”. He is looking for His followers that are devoted to service. So, in this same manner, we can identify the criteria for love.
God created love; not the devil. You are either on the side of love, or the side of hatred, and each coincides with ONE “god”. It’s either God himself or the devil. You can’t do both, because that would then make you lukewarm, and you already know how God feels about people who are lukewarm. You need to pick one side and stick to it. You can’t be a follower of the devil and claim to know what love is. If the devil knew what love was, he wouldn’t have been cast out of heaven. He would’ve been patient and kind, and would not have been concerned only about himself. On the other hand, God has proven His love in several ways even to those that He did not know.
Please read and take note of the following passage(1st John 4:7-21):
LOVING ONE ANOTHER
7 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. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.14 Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. 16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 19 We love each other[a] because he loved us first.
20 If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer,[b] that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 21 And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.[c]
Verse 17 mentions that “as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.” How can you expect a non-believer’s love to grow more perfect or to even exist at all if they fail to acknowledge the Creator of love? Let’s not be deceived. Love is from God, and if marriage is an earthly display of God’s love to His church, then we should only be interested in acquiring a mate who knows God. That unbeliever may show you love in a way you’ve never experienced, but it will never measure up to a love that is rooted in Christ. With a love rooted in Christ, your mate will exhibit each of the definitions of love that we went through for the past week.
God wants what is best for you, and you should also desire what is best for yourself. Accept love that is only rooted in Christ and experience the greatest love of life.
God loves you.