“In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live in him” (1 Jn. 4:9).
Love is a word that some might argue has lost its meaning in recent years. We “love” far too many lesser things (like pizza, sports, and pets). These things are not necessarily bad, but they are undeserving of real love – genuine love – the kind of love we all deeply want.
When the Bible speaks of love, especially in the sense of God’s love for His children, it uses language that carries heavy weight. Love (real love) is an active and abiding posture of favor, kindness, and blessing.
While our notions of love can often be abysmally low (thinking in merely circumstantial or emotional terms), God’s love defines the term for us. God doesn’t fall in or out of love; His love does not change with the events of life. His love for His children defines the term, and we
God’s love for His children defines the term, and we will find our greatest joy as we rest in His love. May we celebrate God’s love anew today, and may God help us imitate His love every day.
What is the Love of God?
What tongue shall I use to answer such as this?
Can any poet really sing of a love like His?
No language may rise nor can melody be found,
His love earthly attempts do poorly resound.
Ah, but He Himself has answered quite well,
The love of God is revealed in Immanuel.