Friday, 4 December 2009

What does it mean God is love?

Question: What does it mean God is love?

Answer: What does it mean God is love? First we need to see how the Word of God, the Bible, describes "love," and then we'll see some ways this teaching is applied to God. "Love is patient, love is kind; he was not jealous. He does not demand its own way. He did not do that are not polite and did not seek its own way. He is not angry and does not save other people's mistakes. He does not rejoice at wrong, but because of the truth. He covers all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; prophecies will end; tongues, they will cease; knowledge will disappear "(1 Corinthians 13:4-8).

This is how God describes love. God is like that described it, and Christians need to make this as their goal (although always in the process). The ultimate expression of the love of God communicated to us in John 3:16 and Romans 5:8. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His Son only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that Christ died for us, while we were yet sinners" (Romans 5:8). From these verses we can see that God really wants us with him in his house of eternity, Heaven. He has opened the way to pay the price of our sins. He loves us because He chose to pass it. "My heart turned within Me, My pity rose in unison" (Hosea 11:8). Love forgives. "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just, so He will forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).

Love (God) does not impose itself on others. The people who come to Him, to come to Him in response to His love. Love (God) showed mercy to all people. Love (Jesus) do good to all people without partiality. Love (Jesus) is not jealous of what other people have, the simple life without complaining. Love (Jesus) not to exaggerate themselves though she could beat all others. Love (God) does not demand obedience. God does not demand obedience of the Son, but the Son of His Father voluntarily abide in heaven. "The world knows, that I love the Father and that I do everything as instructed by the Father in me" (John 14:31). Love (Jesus) always consider the interests of others.

Brief description of this love of life reveals selfless, something contrary to their own lives from the world interested in this. Remarkably, the Lord has given to those who accept His Son, Jesus, as their Savior from sin, the ability to love as He loves. He gave it through the power of the Holy Spirit (see John 1:12; 1 John 3:1, 23, 24). A challenge and a tremendous privilege!

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