God is love

Man in heart“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”  1 John 4:16   (ESV)

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I’ve spent this week writing about some of the ways we wrongly view God. Today, I want to begin writing about developing a true picture of God.

I start with the words of the Apostle John…God is love.

You may not believe this, but I didn’t plan that Valentines Day would be the day I would write about how God is love. It just happened that way. But it does raise the point that God’s love is different than the kind of love portrayed on Valentines Day.

Valentines Day celebrates romantic love. But ask any couple who have been together for longer than a week if they’ve ever been frustrated or angry with the other person and the answer is very likely to be yes. Romantic love waxes and wanes in dependence upon our mood and how well the person we love is treating us.

Romantic love is conditional.

But God’s love is different.

It’s different because it is constant and unconditional. God is not angry with us. He is not indifferent to us. He is not waiting for us to fail. But He also is not our eternal genie…waiting to grant our every wish.

C.S. Lewis once wrote, “The Christian thinks that any good he does comes from the Christ-life inside him. He does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”

Notice the difference. God doesn’t love us because we are good…God makes us good because He loves us.

This concept is so critical for us to take in and remember. God’s love is not dependent upon any characteristic we possess or fail to possess. He loves us because He is love. We don’t earn His love through performance. His love transforms us to be able to perform.

As I’ve written before, this truth needs to percolate from our heads into our hearts before it really makes a difference in how we live our lives.

Spend some time this weekend reflecting on the fact that God is love.

Prayer: Lord help me understand Your unconditional love for me.

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