THE LOVE OF GOD

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT LOVE
Love in the Bible, as in everyday usage, can be directed from person to person or from person to thing. When directed toward things, love means enjoying or taking pleasure in those things. Love towards persons is more complex. As with things, loving persons may mean simply enjoying them and taking pleasure in their personalities, looks, achievements, etc. However, another aspect of interpersonal love is very important in the Bible. There is the aspect of love for persons who are not attractive, virtuous, or productive. In this case, love is not a delight in what a person is but a deeply felt commitment to helping him be what he ought to be. As we will see, the love for things and both dimensions of the love for persons are richly illustrated in the Bible.

As we examine the Old Testament and the New Testament, our focus will be on God’s love, man’s love for God, man’s love for man, and man’s love for things.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4–8a (ESV). Love is patient and kind. It does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its way. It is not irritable or resentful. It does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.
John 3:16—For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

God’s love is sacrificial and unending.
He sent his only begotten son to die for our sins to have a relationship with us.
God desires an intimate relationship with every one of us.
He wants to be our Father, Lord and Saviour.
We have a role to play in this love relationship.

Our role is to decide and accept Jesus into our hearts as our lord and personal savior.
HOW DOES GOD EXPLAIN LOVE?
His love is not gained by anything we do in our merit. The Bible states that God loved us while we were still sinners; His love abounds from His infinite goodness and mercy. God’s love is steadfast and unchanging.
TRUE LOVE IS AGAPE LOVE
True love is Agape Love. In marriage, it means wanting the best for the spouse — even at the expense of self. True love means giving more than wanting. It means more than wanting or wishing for.
This is the kind of love God has for us.

SSM

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