What Is He Really Like?
The pace of life is such that fashions in clothes, music, language and lifestyle change so rapidly that two young people just a few tears apart in age may find it difficult to communicate with each other, because they belong to different generations. People often feel they know television characters better than they know their neighbors.
If, as I believe, real life does not depend upon possessions achievements or experiences, but upon relationships, then, for many people in America, real life is barely attainable. This restless, changing, fly-by-night generation, accustomed to rapid change in so many areas, finds it more and more difficult to achieve deep and lasting relationships with other people. So there is a sense of deprivation which stems from a failure to communicate with or relate to other people.
If many of us are out of touch, lonely, unrelated to those around us, there is also a cry for love, which shows itself in so ways, Love is a word which has been devalued greatly, but many has wanted, demand – but many are not sure what it really is.
For our generation, therefore, the most striking phrase in the New Testament — God is love — should be dramatic and exciting. Unhappily, though, this amazing statement causes little excitement even from Christian, who has been familiar with the works from childhood but has become immune to the impact of them.
It is a revolutionary statement. Let there be no doubt about that. It does not say, as well it might, that — God has loved — or that — God is loving — but that 1 John 4:16 — God is love. So far as I know, there is not another religion in the world that makes a claim like that. There has been no other God nor any religious leader of whom it has been said that he is love. We may say that a person loves, or is loving, but the claim that he is love itself is exclusive to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
How we know that — God is love — and yet he must be more than one person if he is and always has been love. God’s character like his nature, is eternal, so it must be that before there was a universe and before there were any human beings to love, God was love, togetherness, harmony, peace. Here is the heart of love: the Father always loved the Son; the Son always loved the Father, and the Father and the Son always loved the Spirit. Here was and is a “triangular” relationship of perfect love, without any preference or envy.
Sometimes we may doubt whether there is such a thing as genuine, selfless love. We may have had bad experiences, in our childhood or in later life, and become cynical about the very possibility. But the truth is that at the heart of the universe, in its Creator, there is real, genuine and selfless love —there always has been, and there always will be.
Let’s take this a little father. For instance, is there any possibility of my breaking into the triangle of love? Can I take the hands of the Father and the Son and say, “Let me into this relationship?”
The truth is even better than the possibility, for the Father and the Son have already stretched out their hands and said: We want you to share this. Right from the opening chapters of the Bible there is this clear teaching of God is “togetherness”. Indeed, a literal translation of the first five words of the Bible would be, “In the beginning Gods (plural noun) created (singular verb) …’ Later the same occurs, “God said let us make man in our image.” It is though God was saying that the love and the unity enjoyed from eternity by the three persons of the Godhead were now to be available more widely. I suppose God created mankind because he wanted to bring more persons into the circle of His love. He made man and declared that it was not good for him to be alone. So, He allowed the man to rest and gave him a wife to become one and produce offsprings, to become a direct reflective of the Trinity. Just as the Father and the Son are one with produces the Spirit that goes out and pours itself upon others.
And that’s the hallmark of love. This love is never selfish, exclusive or narrow. It always wants to reach out and embrace others. I read that love is not sitting looking into each other’s eyes the whole time, but looking out in the same direction together.
Believers know that God loves them—he shows his love in many ways 1 John 4:10. As they trust in this love and live in it day by day, they come to understand that God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. To live in (or abide in) God is to live in (or abide in) love. It is one thing to know and believe in God’s love; it is quite another to actually appropriate God’s love into a person’s life so that the person “abides in love.” As noted in 1 John 4:8, because God is love, his people ought to be experiencing his transcendent and glorious love on a daily basis because he “abides” in them.
1 John reasserts the claim of all believers, “God loves us.” To say that “God is love” does not mean that the universe is under the control of an impersonal yet benevolent force. Nor does this statement imply that God merely possesses unusually great quantities of love. The statement means, rather, that God’s very nature and personality resonate love. Everything God has done and will do from eternity past to eternity future overflows with love.
This attribute of divine affection does not contradict any of his other perfections. God can be both loving and holy, loving and just, loving and sovereign. Practically speaking, this truth means that as we relate to God, we can always know that we are being treated with perfect, unconditional love. Our circumstances may be difficult, but behind it all and through it all, God will accomplish his best in our lives. Take a moment to thank God for the ways he has demonstrated his love to you.
Love is measured not so much in what it feels as in what it does: the suffering it is prepared to face, the pain it is prepared to accept. And it is suffering and pain that is the measure of God’s love.
God loves us in our sins not by letting us off but by providing his Son to die for us. It is a gesture of total love, for which the New Testament coins a special word, “grace”. It means a love that is not deserved and cannot be earned, a love that is simply poured out at the expense of the giver. Someone defined it as “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense”
God is like no other!
He is love!
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3:14
God is I AM who I AM = “LOVE”
Reflect on I AM today and every day.
Posted on June 3, 2009, in Christianity Series (The Conversion) and tagged church, god, growth, help, hurt, man, order, service, spirit, still, traditional, worship. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.