God is Love

January 7, 2016

1 John 4:8
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

God is Love

The one characteristic that most defines the nature and character of God is His love. It is a love that is unconditional, everlasting and without measure. It is a love that we are still trying to comprehend in Christ Jesus, the expression of God’s righteousness, holiness and most beloved of all that God holds dear. Yet God’s love is so great, along with that of His Son, who is in His nature, that His divine life was given and sacrificed on behalf of His creation. Romans 5:6-8 states it this way, “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” So God’s love is an unmerited, limitless, undeserved and selfless love.
Isn’t it God’s purpose to bring a people into the image of who He is? This scripture tells us that love is the foundation of walking and coming into the image of God. We already have a pretty fair revelation of the limitations of our natural love. It often rises and falls along with our moods and attitudes. Our love is often influenced by our self preservation and self-interest. It is a love of condition and as such can be given and taken back at will. Perhaps this why we struggle with the concept of God’s love that loves us unconditionally as sinners, even though He hates our sin. Especially if we don’t even love ourselves, how can we reconcile our thinking and understanding that God can still love us?
There are sin issues that people carry that are not only abhorred by society, but by the individuals that carry them. They would believe that their is no one and nothing that could love them the way they are. They even hate and despise who they are and yet God’s love reaches even to the lowest hell and the greatest of sinners. If we ever judge that someone is unredeemable then we don’t comprehend the love of God. What is impossible with man is not impossible with God. His love is that great.
What this scripture is telling us as believers in Christ and in the love of God is that we also must carry this mantle of love, because we have been first partakers of it. If the Spirit of God’s Son reigns upon the throne of our hearts then what is the dispensation of His kingdom if it is not love? Our mind and earthly thinking are often a paradox and contradiction to the mind of the Spirit. That is why Romans 8:5-8, “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.” It is the love of God through His Spirit that will motivate and encourage us to do what may be a contradiction of our natural thinking to do. As such we are learning to act in obedience to the prompting of the Spirit. What often tips us off that they are from God is that is may in total contradiction to the way we feel, our fears or what we want to do in the natural. When the Spirit of God begins to prompt us to act out of love and obedience we usually have a barrage of natural reasoning come at us to why we can’t or should do what the Spirit is prompting us to do. One of the things that defines the Holy Spirit’s prompting is that He acts out of love. If we follow Him in obedience then our actions will carry that same love with them. Because we are to be a Spirit led people then it only follows that our actions are defined by God’s love. If our life is still only defined by selfishness and self-interest then we need to strongly take a look at where we are in our relationship with the Father. Whose image are we walking in, the first Adam or the last Adam, which is being conformed to the image of the incorruptible Christ?
If we are in God and know God, then our love, or rather His love in us, and our actions should be defining and expressing who we are. Because Christ is in you, you are the expression of His love.
Blessings,
#kent

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