Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Love~Part 4

God is love.

As my husband prepared his message for the Sunday before Valentine’s Day, we had many discussions on the subject of love. Since most of us think of 1 Corinthians 13 when anyone mentions love, Dick had decided to use the very familiar passage of scripture as the basis for his sermon.

As we talked, Dick excitedly realized that, in all truthfulness, we could take out the word “love” from 1 Corinthians 13 and put God’s name in instead and every statement would still be true!

Let’s try it!

God is patient and kind.
God is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.
God does not demand his own way.
God is not irritable,
and He keeps no record
of when He has been wronged.
God is never glad about injustice
but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
God never gives up,
never loses faith,
and is always hopeful.
God endures
through every circumstance.

Isn’t that amazing? And absolutely true! I could have jumped up and down when that became clear to me (except that’s hard to do while riding in a car).

It makes perfect sense! Since God IS love, all these characteristics of love that Paul shared in 1 Corinthians 13 would be true of God himself. Wow! That is huge! What a wonderful caricature Paul quickly sketches of our loving Father. I am still awed by this revelation. 1 John 4: 8 and 16, probably the first verses taught to every kid who ever came through Sunday school, mean so much more to me now! GOD IS LOVE!

What does “God is love” mean for you?

Bask in His love, my friends!

©2012 Pamela D. Williams