God is Love

Posted on September 22, 2011 by

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

And,

‘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 4:16

How do we teach to love? How do we teach what is God’s love? How do we teach something that is seemingly invisible?

My guess: It can’t be taught.

Jesus said this about what we are called to do…the most important commandment and the second most important:

37“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40

I believe the essence of God cannot be taught. I believe we can talk about it. I believe we can share different experiences. But God’s love cannot be taught.

The scriptures tell us that God IS love. Love is NOT a characteristic of God. Love is not even the most dominant feature or fruit of God’s personality.  Love is what God is made of…

I believe we can actually say this: Since God is love, then love is God. Proof: 1 John 4:8 and James 1:17 (Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.)  If love is exercised purely and perfectly, then it is from heaven.

Jesus commanded us to love. It is the absolute foundation of everything.

But, I do not believe God’s love can be taught. I believe it can be learned, however. So, how does someone learn something that cannot be taught? It must be displayed.  We must…I must begin to seek after God’s love and releasing His love with every ounce of my being!

 

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