Prepare – 1 John 4:7-8
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
We cannot squeeze God into our limited understanding of what love is and walk away as though we think we understand God’s love toward humanity. If we should attempt such a ridiculous pursuit of knowledge, we will never truly grasp the height nor the depth of the love that God has for us. If we try and fit God into our understanding of love, we have missed the power behind the words – GOD IS LOVE! Look at 1 John 4:7-8.
At the end of verse 8, John defines love; he does not define God. Had he defined God, he would have said, love is God. Instead, he defined love by saying God is love; again there is a vast difference in our understanding of the two. While our love wavers – His never changes. While we love conditionally or love in response to someone else loving us first, His love is unconditional. He loves regardless of whether we choose to love Him. We love the lovely more than the unlovely; He loves both the lovely and the unlovely the same. There are no inconsistencies in God’s love. Our love varies toward different people; His love is equal to all. Our love is often based on a feeling; His love is who He is. We can choose to love or not love; God must love. He is incapable of not loving.
The love God has for us ought to draw us to Him in an irresistible way. When we understand God to be love, we ought to run to Him for refuge and comfort. God wants us to bask in His love and also rest in His love. As we learn to live under the umbrella of His love, we have to think, speak, live, and act according to His love for us. It would be difficult to say we have truly experienced the love of God in our lives and that we understand God to be love, and yet live unaffected by it. His love will change us!
~ Pastor Andy Veith