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- 1st John 4:16
Doesn’t it feel wonderful when someone puts their arms around you and says “I love you?” All of humanity desires to be loved and feel loved. That longing and searching for love will always be there, because we are all made in God’s image and GOD IS LOVE. The longest journey each of us will ever encounter, is searching for the path that leads from the head to the heart; longing for the answer to that question; “Does God love me?”
As I witness the world’s events on the news; I am grieved by the loss of so many innocent victims whose lives were taken through shootings, bombings etc. I couldn’t help but wonder if the accused ever felt unloved somewhere in their lives. Did their anger and rage demonstrate their own personal hurt that may have been crying out to say; “if I’m not happy, I will make sure you’re not happy either!”
We read in 2nd Timothy 3: 1-4 that says: “There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.”
This scripture lets us know there is such a difference between human love and God’s love. Human love determines a person is lovable as long as they are nice to me, have good behavior, are attractive physically, or have a great personality. This kind of human love operates on a self-centered basis outside of God’s grace.
God’s love, however, is unconditional. God does not love us because we are attractive or good. God loves us because God is good. God’s divine love does not distinguish between persons, but is received by surrender instead of performance or perfection.
When we are rooted in the belief that God loves us, we can still love those who do not love us back. Jesus always remained in love through His trials and continued to love as he hung from the cross, forgiving all those who rejected him.
As Christians, Jesus commands us to love God with all your heart, soul and mind and to love your neighbor as yourself; to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. And through this love, all will know that we are His disciples.
Love is the highest gift we can ever give to one another. Let’s make it our purpose to live a life in love, even if there is nothing in it for us!