I was recently traveling with a colleague who has two young girls. As we sat together in an airport lounge his two girls contacted him via FaceTime and I overhead the youngest say to their father “I want to talk about loooovvvvvveeeeee!” Leave it to a six year old missing her daddy to be so blunt.
This love between a father and his child is precious, but it got me thinking about God’s love toward us. Actually, I think about this often. Because…
Love is a positive force
Love changes lives
To know God is to know love
Love describes God perfectly
Love is on the move because God is on the move
Jesus is the living proof that God is love
God’s love is unusually real
Love gives us dignity and worth
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. 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 4:9-10 & 16
Here is one of my responsive readings on love:
M: Love is patient
C: It is not hurried
M: love is kind
C: It is not harsh, rough or hurtful
M: It does not envy
C: It knows no other Gods
M: it does not boast
C: but only in Christ
M: it is not proud
C: It is humble
M: It is not rude
C: It is polite, refined and civil
M: it is not self-seeking
C: It is thoughtful and compassionate
M: it is not easily angered
C: it is understanding and sympathetic
M: it keeps no record of wrongs.
C: it forgives
M: Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
C: Jesus is the truth and the truth is His native language.
M: It always protects
C: never endangers
M: always trusts
C: never doubts
M: always hopes
C: never fears
M: always perseveres.
C: Love never fails. It always succeeds.
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Eph 3:14-19