1999-06-07 - God's Love
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. NASB
"All his perfections and procedures are but so many modifications of his love. What is his omnipotence, but the arm of his love? What is his omniscience, but the medium through which he contemplates the objects of his love? What his wisdom, but the schemes of his love? What are the offers of the Gospel, but the invitations of his love? What the threatening of his law, but the warning of his love? They are the hoarse voice of his of his love, saying, Man! Do thyself no harm! They are the fence thrown round the pit of perdition, to prevent rash men from rushing into ruin.
"What was the incarnation of the Saviour, but the richest illustration of his love? What were the miracles of Christ, but the condescension of his love? What were the sighs of Christ, but the breath of his love? What are the prayers of Christ, but the pleadings of his love? What were the tears of Christ, but the dew-drops of his love? What is the earth, but the theatre for the display of his love? What is heaven, but the Alps of his mercy, from whose summits his blessings flowing down in a thousand streams, descend to water and refresh his Church situated at its base?" --Rev. Dr. Waugh.
I came upon the above quote in my reading and it seemed profound enough to share. I don't know who Dr. Waugh was or when he lived. The quote came from a source about 150 years old which was quoting him.
In Christian circles, since C. S. Lewis wrote his book, The Four Loves, it is common to speak of the various types of love that the Greek demonstrates and to break down love and categorize it. For a moment, forget all that …
"Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, being made in the likeness of man. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." Philippians 2:5-8
That's love. As Dr. Waugh says, it is "the richest illustration of his love." Love is from God as our beginning verse says and in Christ we have the richest revelation of God's love usward. Yes, love flows from God to us, it's direction is usward.
Speak of four loves if you wish, but there is only one type of love that really matters. That is the love of God towards us. It is seen most clearly in Christ who emptied Himself and gave Himself up for us as a sacrifice. But, even more, it is seen in Christ in all His actions. His very human-ness is a great act of selfless love toward us.
Because of His love we now can love others in return. Our love is often mixed with our sinfulness, but love others and God we may. In fact, to do so, as Christians, is, because of Christ, now in our very nature. "In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:10)
Soli Deo Gloria,