god is love
You can’t talk about love and Bible verses on love without quoting the apostle Paul from I Corinthians Chapter 13. This famous chapter is quoted at virtually every wedding ceremony. While I’m not going to quote the entire chapter here, I will quote some of the key verses. If you’re looking for the definition of love, this is as comprehensive as it gets.
“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
And now these these three things remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
As Valentine’s Day approaches, a day where we celebrate love, ask yourself if you exude these qualities when it comes to love.
If anger or jealousy, impatience, keeping track of some harm or incident where you felt another person was wrong come to mind when you think about love, stop and think on the definition given by Paul.
It is easy to allow ourselves to crowd out true love. Perhaps we have been hurt so badly by others that we build up a fortress to protect our hearts from being hurt again. While this protection can serve us in the short-term, in the long-term we miss out on the freedom that comes with a heart that is filled with love. Our hearts can become so hardened that we may not even be aware of this self-protection. Continue reading
I John 4:16 – “And we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”
I was raised in a church where the message from the pulpit was that, “We are wretched sinners!” This message was usually delivered in a loud voice accompanied by a fist pounding hand. So, my perception of God was not, “God is love.” It was – God will, “Squish me like a bug if I step out of line.” At least that’s what I heard. The message made me fear God and not love God.
While there isn’t one hundred percent proof that John (disciple and cousin of Jesus) wrote this book of the New Testament, we do know that John was called, “The disciple that Jesus loved.” In this same chapter, the writer goes on to say in verse 18: “There is no fear in love. But Continue reading