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God is… (#2)

February 15, 2011

When people talk about a passage of the Bible that speaks about Love, the one that comes up immediately is I Corinthians 13. I won’t argue that it is a great chapter on Love, but i have always been a little bit “odd” when it comes to favorites. For example, someone might listen to a cd because they heard the artists super-hit on the radio, and the rest of the cd is just filler. I have often found that, at least for me, the super-hit is not in fact a super-hit, but rather the filler for the greatness that the rest of the cd has on it.

I should be careful though. Someone reading this might think that i do not appreciate I Corinthians 13, or that i consider it “filler” for the rest of the scriptures that speak on Love. I will assure you now that is not the case. I Corinthians 13 truly is a great passage on Love. But it’s not my favorite.

I would argue that the greatest passage on Love in the Bible is found in the book Song of Solomon. Men, if you want to know how to love your wife more/better, this is the book to study. Women if you want to know how to love your husband more/better, this is the book to study. Men and women, if you want to know just how much God loves you, and what that love looks like, this is the book to study. But i’m not going to delve into Song of Solomon here.

No, today i would like to direct our attention to I John 4.

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him (4:9).

Notice the wonderful promise in this verse. As Christians we don’t have to fear death. We have life through God’s Son Jesus.

But the passage doesn’t stop there.

Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. ther is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us (4:17-19).

He first loved us.

He loved us.

He loves us.

Who is God?

God is LOVE!

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