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πŸ‘‘πŸ’ God Is Love

β€œβ€¦God is love… God is love… We love him, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:8b,16b,19).

The word β€œlove” is used very flippantly in today’s world. Of the many who speak about β€œlove,” few know what it is. On this Valentine’s Day, we offer sound doctrine from God’s Word to correct the misunderstandings of what love really is. What is love, according to God’s Word?

Today’s Scripture says that β€œGod is love”—God does not simply love, but His very nature is love. What does that mean? In 1 John 3:16, we read: β€œHereby we perceive the love of God, because he laid down his life for us:” Our Apostle Paul put it this way: β€œBut God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God’s nature is loveβ€”selfless, self-sacrificing!

God’s Word defines love and charity in 2 Corinthians 12:15: β€œAnd I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.” Love is seeking the best interest of others, even if it costs you something (time, energy, resources, et cetera). Charity is love in deed (demonstrated, manifested in action). God loved us, so He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. It cost God the Father His Son, and it cost God the Son His life. What a selfless act!

Our nature in Adam is selfish, but our nature in Christ is not. Paul declares, β€œthe love of Christ constraineth us” (2 Corinthians 5:14). We who have trusted Jesus Christ alone as our personal Saviour, our Christian lives are driven and motivated by Christ’s love for us, not our love for Him. It is this unselfish love of Christ working in us that causes us to look on the things of others, to seek their edification and their benefit, not ours (Romans 13:8-10; 1 Corinthians 10:24; Philippians 2:1-11). This will result in charity, our selfless actions reflecting that love of Christ (2 Corinthians 12:15).

As the lost world observes our Christian service, they will see, β€œGod is love.” source

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He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends. — Proverbs 17:9

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