God’s love

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:7

The word love is on the lips of everyone. But most people do not know the true meaning of love. So they call today to make love to have sex with anyone regardless of whether or not true love. It is also common to hear someone else call you “my love” sometimes without even knowing well. To understand what really love is, we must first know God because love proceeds from Him.

The best way to learn about the love of God is reading Scripture. The best known verse in the Bible, John 3:16 tells us: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. The ability to love of God has no limits. Giving His own Son to pay for the guilt of all humanity is the greatest display of His love.

God has given His love although we did not deserve it. Romans 5:8 says: But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. The sinner is offending God and there is not a single human being that can say he has not sinned. Therefore, the death of Jesus Christ was to replace every man and woman born on Earth. No one can feel innocent of the blood of Christ, which was shed to pay the price for our salvation.

And through Jesus Christ, God gives us the opportunity to be part of His family. 1 John 3:1 says: Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. And John 1:12 says: But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. The greatness of the love of God is revealed to adopt us as His children only by believing and receiving His Son.

And as His children, God teaches us His love for each of us and pours into our hearts. Romans 5:5 says: Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. The Spirit of God dwells in each of His children. That gives us the capacity to love in the same way that God loves unconditionally, in complete surrender.

1 John 4:8 says: He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. If we are children of God, we must know our Father. That should make us capable of loving in the same way He teaches us to love. Follow His example and love as He loves us. If you want to know how is the kind of love that God expects, follow the instructions in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:  Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. God bless you.

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