God is Love.5th March 2018
There are only two instances where the bible explicitly states ‘God is love’ and both so happen to appear in the First Epistle of John.
“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. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” – 1 John 4:7-10
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” – 1 John 4:16
How interesting is it that John chooses to write ‘God is love’ instead of ‘God is loving’ or ‘God has love’? In the contemporary English language, it almost gives the impression of a grammatically incorrect statement. The word ‘love’ is not an adjective but can either be a noun or a verb; we can love and have love for someone but we are not love. However it makes complete sense when we recognise that God is love because God is the essence of love. God doesn’t get to choose who He is and likewise, God doesn’t get to choose who He loves. He loves everyone not because we are worthy but because He is love and has no choice but to love. And this love serves as a motivation for everything He does.
For example, let’s focus on the first mentioning of God is love from 1 John 4:7-10. The greatest expression of God’s love is demonstrated to us through Jesus Christ: “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins”. God did not send His Son down just because He wanted us to become better humans. Instead, God loved us so much even though we were sinners and He wanted to have this relationship with us. Only through Jesus’ sacrifice may we ask for forgiveness and be justified for our sins and thus, become a part of God’s family.
Let us remember that God truly loves us and there’s nothing we can do to change that. Even when things aren’t going right in our lives, our father God loves us and knows what’s best for us. May our hearts just remain faithful and humble.
“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved” – Ephesians 2:4-5