How many times in our lifetime (make that between the ages of 8 and 18 even!) are we faced with the imperative: What is Love?
Love has many meanings, and many versions, comes in many shapes and sizes, and means different things to different people, in different contexts. Do I love my husband the same way I love veggie pizza? No . . . I also really love chocolate . . . and ice cream . . . And what about my love for God? What about God’s love for me?
In writing this I considered discussing the four, or even six different forms of love that are expressed in the Greek language, and in the Greek of the New Testament. But essentially, most importantly, to communicate what is love, we need to know who is love.
“Here is how God showed his love among us. He sent his one and only Son into the world. he sent him so we could receive life through him. Here is what love is. It is not that we loved God. It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us this much, we should also love one another. No one has ever seen God. But if we love one another, God lives in us. His love is made complete in us.”
So there you have it. “What is love?” “Here is what love is,” John writes. It doesn’t matter that we loved God first, that would be impossible. It isn’t about you. It isn’t about me. It isn’t about US. “It is that HE loved us and sent his Son” to die for us. What is Love? It is God sending his Son to die for us.
“Here’s how we know that we are joined to him and he to us. He has given us his Holy Spirit. The Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. We have seen it and are witnesses to it. God lives in anyone who agrees that Jesus is the Son of God. This kind of person remains joined to God. So we know that God loves us. We depend on it.
God is love.”
1 John 4:9-16 (NIrV)
If you haven’t read my post on “Love,” yet, I urge you to. Truly, the days and hours are short and the time of Christ’s return has never been more near. If you haven’t accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior and know Him to be the Son of God, you are doomed to Hell, the Bible tells us – to eternity without God, and without love. Acts 4:12 says very specifically, “You can’t be saved by believing in anyone else. God has given people no other name under heaven that will save them.” That name is JESUS.
And what did John write? “God lives in anyone who agrees that Jesus is the Son of God.” Truly, if we are saved by grace through faith, God himself dwells in us. And John goes on . . . “God is love.”
God is love. And God is in us when we believe in Jesus. Without Jesus, we cannot have love. Without Jesus, we are hopeless and void of any true love. Without Jesus, our search for love will not cease. Maybe for a time a boyfriend (even girlfriend) or fling, fantasy, husband, or friend will fill a space you think is love. But that will be as much like love as a mother loving her child can be like someone really loving pizza. You can live without pizza, and sadly a mother could even live without her child, if you could imagine it. But we cannot live without Jesus. And we will not live, truly live, without Jesus.