What is Love?


“My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.

My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!” (I John 4:7-12 The Message)

 God is love.  To put it in mathematical terms God equals love.  He is the standard of love.  What did he do to become this standard of love?  Well about 2000 or so years ago, he did something incredible.  He sent his only Son into the world…. to die.  

Imagine you are a mother or a father, would you willingly send your child out knowing that the end result would be a premature death?  I doubt any of us could answer that with a yes.

But why would God send his Son to die?  He did it out of love.  Love for each and every person who has lived, who is living now, and who will live in the future.  Love for a people of which not one of us in sinless.  Inherently we are separated from God by our sin nature.  God loved us so much that he sent his Son Jesus to die a painful death on the cross so that we may have to opportunity to live eternally with him.  That is a crazy concept.

As a society overtaken my romantic novels and movies, shows like “The Bachelor” and whatnot, I think our idea of love is often skewed.  Love is often portrayed as strictly a physical attraction between 2 people.  While that can truly play its part, I’ve been starting to realize it is more than that.  When ever I tell my significant other “I love you”  I need to keep in mind again that God is love.  Whenever I say it, it needs to be a promise.  A promise that I will love that person with the love of God, unconditionally.  

No matter what we do, God loves us.  No matter how many times we screw up, God loves us. Keep that in mind, that in times of trouble when it seems like there is no one to turn to, God is there. God is love.



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