Names of God – Love
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He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is Love. 1 John 4:8
God IS Love
The original Greek word used in this text for Love is; agape (ag-ah’-pay) and means; affection, love-feast, the author and source of love. The synonyms are philia; friendship based on common interests. And, agapai heorte; a feast of festival.
God IS Love
Our God is incredible! He IS love. He created it. He is the AUTHOR of it. This is amazing to me. I am in awe of the love-feast that is our God!! He is some kind of love! Without God, there is NO love. If it was not for God there would be nothing good in this world. It is because of God and His Grace that we have this awesome gift of love. We have the ability to give it to others.
Unfortunately, many of us hold onto it like a closely guarded secret. We are only willing to give it away to those we deem “worthy” of our love. The wonderful thing about love…God’s love in us…is that it is for everyone! We have NO right to withhold it from anyone. It is a free gift, created and given to us by God Himself. And, our job is to give it away…all the time…and to as many people as we can! How do I know this?
Let’s look beyond just verse 8…
1 John 4:6-12
We are [children] of God. Whoever is learning to know God [progressively to perceive, recognize, and understand God by observation and experience, and to get an ever-clearer knowledge of Him] listens to us; and he who is not of God does not listen or pay attention to us. By this we know (recognize) the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is (springs) from God; and he who loves his fellowmen is begotten (born) of God and is coming [progressively] to know and understand God [to perceive and recognize and get a better and clearer knowledge of Him].
He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest (displayed) where we are concerned: in that God sent His Son, the only begotten or unique Son, into the world so that we might live through Him.
In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (the atoning sacrifice) for our sins. Beloved, if God loved us so very much, we also ought to love one another. No man has at any time yet seen God. But if we love one another, God abides (lives and remains) in us and His love (that love which is essentially His) is brought to completion (to its full maturity, runs its full course, is perfected) in us!
We are to GIVE His Love to others. Notice how these Scriptures do not give room for picking and choosing whom we love. It just says to “love one another.” Let’s put on the fruit of Love, Fellow Moms of Faith. Let’s train our children in the LOVE WALK.
Love is the ONLY thing that will save this lost world.
Hallelujah! Our God IS Love!
Daddy God, Thank You for creating love. Thank You for writing the blueprint of love into my heart. Thank You for loving me…faults and all. Thank You for being the ONLY God…a Mighty and Loving God…a God Who Loves completely and freely. Help me to see others through Your Loving Eyes. Help me to love others, even when they do not deserve it in my eyes. Help me to Love like You Love. Thank You, Daddy. In Jesus Mighty…and Loving Name, Amen!
In His Love and Service, Lara ;) Copyright © Lara Velez, Moms of Faith, All Rights Reserved