Verse of the Day
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
“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 him.”- 1 John 4:16
What is love? We grow up being told to love our neighbor, but who is that? God is love? How can He be an emotion? These are just some of the questions I've fielded as a Youth Pastor, and they are very valid questions. Well according to dictionary.com love is defined as: a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend (noun), and as a verb to have love or affection for another person.
Although these are good definitions, neither really give the full understanding of love. Greeks had such a hard time defining it, they used three different words. The kind of love John is talking about isn't a feeling, or an act. It is an attitude. God loves us because of who we are, His creation. He made us and it doesn't matter if we get broken or don't work just right; He will continue to love us. Sin cannot and will not ever stop the Lord from loving us. The best part is that He doesn't even expect anything in return. Sure He'd like for us to reciprocate that love, but if we don't He still loves us.
This same kind of love is what we should be pouring out upon the world today. A few days ago I wrote about John Lennon's song "Imagine", this is exactly what he was looking for from the world. Love is a powerful thing, more powerful than any weapon we can design or the enemy can bring against us. It is also the only commandment of the New Covenant we have in Jesus Christ. Love God with all you have, and love everyone you meet and know.