Understanding The Love of God
Text: 1cor. 13:1-13, 14:1
The love of God supersedes all of the world’s understanding of the word, love. To demonstrate the depth and limitless extent of this love, God gave His Son, His best, His all, to prove the love He has for Man, even in his fallen, sinful state/ Nothing better depicts the God kind of love, Agape, than this singular act. Therefore, when Abraham’s faith got him to give up his own son, Isaac, as a sacrifice, it was this remarkable effect of, and response to, God’s love that provided the platform that Heaven required for the salvation of Man. Joseph also masterly reflected the love of God when he saw from God’s perspective and gave excuses for his brothers’ actions against him in order to forgive them.
As children of God and seeds of Abraham through Jesus Christ, it is important for us to appreciate, depend on and practice the God’s love. Naturally, human beings are inclined to show love to those who deserve it or can reciprocate it in one way or the other. However, God-kind-of love is demonstrated unconditionally, in spite of the state or statu of the beneficiary. Simply put, it is love given because of the nature and quality of the giver. It is a unique identity of our God, and should be too for all Christians, for those who have freely received this love are compelled to practice it. ** Our discussion today is focused on understanding God’s love and why we should practice it.
** What are some of the things that restrain us from practicing God’s love?
Despite the various reasons we may give as constraints to expressing God’s love towards others, there is really no justification for not doing so. A better understanding of the love of God should drive us to increasingly reflect more of it in all our actions, trusting the Holy Spirit to help us. Below are some reasons why we should practice Gods love:
- God commands us to love one another (John 15:12)
- It makes our faith more effective (Gal 5:6)
- It is an expression of our divine nature (1John 4:7-8)
- You cannot fail or lose out by loving (1Cor 14:1, Gal 5:23)
- We are morally compelled by Christ’s action (2Cor 5:14-15)
John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotted Son…” This means that love begins with God, gets to us and must reach out through us to others. Our deep understanding of God’s love for us will always cause us to love God, ourselves, and others. Nevertheless, the love of God is not a response to what others think, do or how they react towards us. It is absolutely unconditional and sacrificial. You are truly able to practice God’s love as you depend on the Holy Spirit and take action. You will succeed in Jesus Name.