We were talking about the nature of God and why it’s important to know (see last post)
If I ask you, “God is…?” What?
God is Spirit
God is Holy Love
God is Omnipotent
God is Omniscient
God is Omnipresent
God is Immutable
God is Aseity
God is Wisdom
Now, before you say “Whoa up, sister!” or better yet “What?!?” I’m going to do my best to go through all of these, one at a time. Hope you stick with me!
God is Love! Holy Love!
This one is my favorite! God is love! These are not just words, they are the TRUTH! Imagine your deepest love for someone. Your kids, maybe? Oh, are you getting a warm glow? Now, try to wrap your mind around a love MORE pure than even that! Hard to imagine, huh?
God loves us unselfishly. He looks for nothing in return. We don’t have to EARN his love, it’s already there. Are you getting this?!? No matter how many times we fail, or what activities we do or don’t participate in at Church, He loves you! His love is not based on your performance or if you are “good enough”.
He truly, deeply, 100% loves you-every minute of every day!
Now, if you’re willing to talk a little theology on the subject, continue on with me…
What does Holy Love mean?
How do you define something as Holy? What does that even mean?
There are three element of Holy (Holiness)
3. Radiance (glory)
God is the only person we know that can be described by all three elements! Therefore, He alone is holy! (We’ll get more into this on a later date!)
What about love? That seems simple, right? Actually, when you say love it can mean different things to different people. If it makes you think of the love you have for your children, that’s great-you’re on the right track! What if the person you are talking to, about God’s love, was abused their whole life and they see love as having stipulations and guidelines? What if someone else’s definition of love is to be constantly critiqued or beaten? What if that is the only love they have known?
Hmm…It’s going to be a little harder to explain God’s love to them. See my point? That is why it’s important to be able to really tell others what we believe, not to just throw out words without meanings! Oh, to help just one personrealize God’s love!!
Back to love-
Let’s look at two kinds of love
Eros and Agape
Eros is a classical word for love, it has a self regarding frame of reference and seeks some form of self-fulfillment. It can be defined as the longing for wholeness
Agape is opposite. It is seeking to promote the well-being of others, even at the price of sacrifice. This word represents divine, unconditional, self-sacrificing, active, and thoughtful love. It is this type of love that God gives us, always seeking our redemption. Only the love of God goes out to ALL people, not to get, but to give.
“This is love; not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” I John 4:10
God’s love is pure, no-strings attached! It’s glorious and heart warming, overwhelming and almost unimaginable! That God could love me AND you sooooo much!
To Be Continued…
May you Realize God’s Love Today,
And May you Share it With Others,