1John 4:16 “…God is love, and anyone who lives in love is living with God and God is living in him.”
There is a story in missionary Trula Cronk’s autobiography, Over Mountain or Plain or Sea. The story is about a little girl who visited her house one day and stayed too long. Darkness was beginning to fall and she was afraid to walk home. Trula explained that she shouldn’t be afraid because God loves you and He will take care of you as you walk to your house. The little girl replied very solemnly, “No mistress, God does not love little girls”. Trula said she never forgot that statement and it made her want to give her life to tell every girl she ever met that God did indeed love them.
In all non-Christian faiths, God is not a giving God but one that we need to appease. We need to satisfy their demands in order that we might receive their favor. But that is not the God of the Bible and that is not the God of Christianity. The Bible says that God is love; which means that John is not saying that God loves or that He is a lover. He is saying much more than that. He is saying that God not only loves us, but that God IS LOVE ITSELF. Where does all love come from? It comes from God. He is the source and originator of love.
Without God, there would be no love. So what does that actually mean since love is such a misunderstood term? There are thirteen hundred definitions of love. Frankly, if you don’t know God you can’t know love.
GOD’S LOVE IS NOT CAUSED.
What I mean by that is there are no “ifs” in God’s love. (I love if you…) To have an “if” in love is to be enslaved to that if. God’s love is uncaused, unprompted, free and spontaneous. There is absolutely nothing we can do to cause God to love us or cause God not to love us. He loves us because He is love.
GOD’S LOVE IS UNREASONABLE
There was no reason for God to love Adam and Eve. There have been numerous reasons for God not to love us. God gets beyond all of that because it is His nature to love. Paul tells us that this is simply unreasonable. Romans 5:8 “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Trust me; God does not love us because we are acceptable.
GOD’S LOVE IS UNENDING
Everything God is, love must be. God is everlasting and eternal. See, the love that God has for us in the future will be the same love that He has for us now and the love that He had for us in the past. This concept is so hard to understand because we humans have nothing that even comes close. Simply put, God loves me because it is His nature to love.
GOD’S LOVE IS UNLIMITED
God is omnipresent, which means He is present everywhere. God fills the heavens and the earth with His presence. Our very being is filled with God. And wherever God is, love is. Imagine for a moment that one message. We too can be love because we have God in us. If we can remove all distractions and our ego, we can see clearly the power and purpose of God’s love.
Charles Spurgeon clarifies:
“He who has loved you and pardoned you will never cease to love and pardon…Remember when you pass through the valley of the shadow of death, you need fear no evil, for He is with you. When you stand in the cold floods of the Jordon, you need not fear, for death cannot separate you from His love; and when you come into the mysteries of Eternity you need not tremble, ‘For I am sure that neither death nor life nor angel nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.’” Romans 8: 38-39 Because:
GOD IS LOVE!
Source: David Jeremiah sermon
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