2015-04-24 - Love and God
The Love Series, Part 4
This is the fourth and final installment in the Love series. In the first devotional, we looked at who and how to love. Second, we considered some thoughts on love and dating. And then we discussed love and purity. This week, as we wrap up, we will come almost full circle - to see how God and love are related - by looking at a letter written by the disciple whom Jesus loved.
1 John 4:7-21 (NKJV)
I just want us to consider three simple points in this passage today.
First, look at verses nine and ten, to see the Love of God. I’m willing to bet that you can probably recite John 3:16? This verse is a favorite for many Christians, because it deals with the love of God. God’s love is so great! Yes, he gave his only son, but think about this next statement. God is all-knowing. There are no surprises, so when he made man, he knew he was really condemning his son by making them, and he did it anyway. His love is immense – greater than any other love we can experience.
Frederick M. Lehman penned a song in 1917, called "The Love of God". He says that verse three was found penciled on the wall of a patient’s room in an asylum, after the patient died.
“Could we with ink the ocean fill,
God’s love is amazing. God is amazing.
In fact, Love is God. God is love, as we see in verse eight. Without God, there really can be no love. Yes the world has cheap imitations, but no agape love. Unconditional agape love – we often say we have it, but I think our love would have limits, although they may be far.
That should drive us to have Love for God. Look at verse nineteen; love for God is first realized. Once we understand his great love for us, we love him in return. Once we realize and understand the riches he has poured upon us, we love him in response. After it is realized, it becomes activated. Love for God does not make us sit still and listen to songs and sermons about him. It compels us to love others. Read the whole passage again and stop to ponder every time you get to something about our love for him being active; this passage is riddled with activity. Love on another, love your brothers, love removes fear, love shown by standing boldly for God.
Love God, yourself, and others - and so we do come full circle.
Live in God’s love!
All scripture references from KJV (King James Version) unless otherwise noted