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The One True God's Love

Day Twenty-Five
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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In 1 John 4:8, the Bible says, God is love. I think by now, you understand God is the creator of all things. This means that even the need for, thoughts of, and feelings of love came from God. Sorry to those of you who thought cupid invented love! God's love permeates Who He is. God is sovereign, but His rule is acted out through His love. God is just, but every act of justice is done in His love. God is all knowing, but His knowledge is guided by His love and so on.

God's love defined in New Testament. The Greek word that best describes God's love is agape. (The New Testament was written in the Greek language.) Agape means, unselfish love that is driven by what is best for the person loved, not by the person loving. In other words, it is an unselfish, unconditional, and sacrificial love.

The most unconditional, sacrificial, and unselfish act of agape love is Jesus dying for us.

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (offering) for our sins. 1John 4:10 NASB®

I imagine people think God loves us out of duty, not out of desire. However, agape love suggests that the lover finds joy in the loved. In other words, God's love is filled with emotion for us. (John 11: 33-36) Hebrews 12:2 tells us Jesus found His joy in us so much that He endured the cross for us.

...fixing our eyes on Jesus ...who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame... NASB®

God's love defined in Old Testament. The Hebrew word that best describes God's love is defined by the word hesed. (The Old Testament was written in the Hebrew language.) This word is translated love, unfailing love, lovingkindness, mercy, and loyalty. It is used about 250 times in the Old Testament. It means loyal, steadfast or faithful love. It also stresses the idea of belonging together for those involved in the love relationship.

Both agape and hesed love make me think of the joy and the total commitment a bride and groom have for each other on their wedding day. God loves to love you!

The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. Zephaniah 3:17 NASB®


Life Application:

Read Romans 5:5, 8:35-39; Ephesians 3:16-20; 1 John 4:19-21. Jesus tells us in John 13:35 that people will know we are His, by our love for one another. So loving others is a must. God tells us and shows us how to love through His Word, with His Spirit. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) We will never completely agape love anyone because it is a supernatural phenomenon coming from the God of love. But God does want to empower us to come as close to His love as humanly possible. Write down any insights.

What are your personal thoughts about how God loves you? Write a paragraph to answer this.


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