The Love of God
1 John 4
Love. This word is perhaps the most overused and misunderstood in the English language. We say we love everything and yet really we love nothing. The love Christ compels in us is not as simple and shallow as a heart on a text message. I think I started looking for love in the fourth grade. The search became something of an obsession of mine for years. The more I looked and the harder I searched, the further I found myself from it. There was a part of me that believed if I found love I would find completion and fulfillment. I wasn’t wrong. Where I missed the mark was the kind of love that I was looking for.
The Greeks had three different words for love (eros, philos, and agape). I thought that if I had friends (philos as in Philadelphia, brotherly love) or a partner (eros, the romantic strain of love) that I would find all that I was looking for. I was sorely disappointed. Over many years I was humbled and allowed to suffer at the hands of my addiction so that I could learn this valuable lesson. Nothing of this world, no person, no substance, no relationship, is able to fill the God-sized vacuum in our hearts intended for the love of God. Until we allow this all-consuming, never-ending love of Jesus into our hearts and allow God to be God of our lives, we will always be seeking and never finding.
When I was born again and set free from bondage, Jesus showed me that He was what I was looking for all along. These days I use “love” all the time. And I mean it. We talked yesterday about “reflexive love”, the kind of love that automatically flows from the saving love demonstrated for us on the cross.
The Bible is full of wonderful stories that all point to the love of God, because every word is “God-breathed”. If every word is the breath of God, ruach Elohim, and God is love, then it stands to reason that every word is love. More than anything, the Bible is a love story. I’m not talking about Nicholas Sparks kind of love, and especially not the kind of love shown in romance novels featuring Fabio on the cover holding a sword and riding a horse. I’m talking about an eternal, unending, never failing, build your life around kind of love. A day and night, flood and fire kind of love!
If you are measuring yourself against others and seeking satisfaction in things of this world, you will perpetually be dissatisfied. Let this day be a love song you sing to Jesus in response for all He has done for you. Let love be your chorus and refrain. Seek first the love of Jesus and pray for opportunities to pour it into others. There is a whole world out there of broken people seeking nourishment in that which does not satisfy. Today, strive to incarnate the love of Jesus among the unloved. You can make more of a difference in this darkened world than you know.
- How do you know God loves you? How do you show God you love Him?
- Read 2 Peter 1:5-7. Each desired attribute of the faith builds on the one preceding it. Why do you think Peter lists love last? What does this communicate to you about the Jesus’ message of love?
Zac, I probably should be embarrassed to say this, but I am just now discovering the devotion section of WHCC app. I know things happen at the right time! Over the last couple of years, WHCC has brought new meaning to my heart and the word CHRISTIAN! Just wanted to let you know how much your devotions, from last year, are helping me. Wondering if this was just through COVID or if it may start again. Don't know many people in the Church so thought I'd just send this e-mail.
Thank you for all you do through Christ!