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1 John 4:16

God is love. (NIV84)

It is not that God loves, but rather that he is love. To gain some understanding of this we must look into the Bible to get the correct definition of the word love.

1 Corinthians 13:4–7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (NIV84)

As God is love we can then understand from this passage that…

  1. God is patient.
  2. God is kind.
  3. God does not envy.
  4. God does not boast.
  5. God is not proud.
  6. God is not rude.
  7. God is not self-seeking.
  8. God is not easily angered.
  9. God keeps no record of wrongs.
  10. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
  11. God always protects.
  12. God always trusts.
  13. God always hopes.
  14. God always perseveres.

This is a list of some of God’s attributes. If you want to know what God is really like, then ponder the list—spend some time really thinking about it. To bring it really home to yourself please reconsider the above list personalized so as to reflect your attributes like the following.

  1. I am patient.
  2. I am kind.
  3. I never envy.
  4. I never boast.
  5. I am not proud.
  6. I am not rude.
  7. I am not self-seeking.
  8. I am not easily angered.
  9. I keep no record of wrongs.
  10. I never delight in evil but rejoice with the truth.
  11. I always protect.
  12. I always trust.
  13. I always hope.
  14. I always persevere.

I wish that this list accurately reflected myself and the motivations behind my actions. It does accurately describe the Lord God however. If your mental image of God is different than this then you have an incorrect understanding of what God is actually like. People tend to think that others are like themselves which never works with respect to God. When we think of God we must abandon ourselves and look into the Holy Scriptures to see him like he truly is.

I have heard many times that God in the Old Testament was harsh and judgmental, but that in the New Testament he is forgiving and compassionate. This is nonsense. God is who he is, and he never changes.

Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (NIV84)

Jesus Christ is an accurate portrait of the invisible God.

Colossians 1:15

He [Jesus Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. (NIV84)

Jesus can be very puzzling in the Gospels, but if you understand that the above list perfectly describes his person, and the motivations behind his actions, you can begin to see and understand him for what sort of person his is.

  1. Jesus in the Gospels is patient.
  2. Jesus in the Gospels is kind.
  3. Jesus in the Gospels does not envy.
  4. Jesus in the Gospels does not boast.
  5. Jesus in the Gospels is not proud.
  6. Jesus in the Gospels is not rude.
  7. Jesus in the Gospels is not self-seeking.
  8. Jesus in the Gospels is not easily angered.
  9. Jesus in the Gospels keeps no record of wrongs.
  10. Jesus in the Gospels does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
  11. Jesus in the Gospels always protects.
  12. Jesus in the Gospels always trusts.
  13. Jesus in the Gospels always hopes.
  14. Jesus in the Gospels always perseveres.

Jesus is sometimes difficult to understand because we are not very much like him in our motivations and desires. As we grow as Christians and become more and more like him we begin to understand the Bible accurately. Knowing God is actually a matter of our changing ourselves within ourselves. As we stop striving for ourselves and begin trusting in God to care for us, we can then put our focus on the good of others. When you care more for the wellbeing of your neighbor than for your own wellbeing then you will discover that the above list applies more and more to you.

Love nurtures those under its care. It is the nature of love to give. It is the nature of sin to receive. Simplistically speaking love points out and sin points in. Love and sin are two diametrically opposed philosophies. At any given moment you are either motivated by love, by sin or you are asleep. The Bible describes these two forces as being like light and darkness. The Bible says that darkness cannot overpower light, that is, love is stronger than sin. Sin cannot overpower you, but love can defeat the sin within you.

If you are beset by the power of sin, that is, addiction is eating away at your soul, you can defeat the power of any sin (any addiction) by getting out of yourself and motivating yourself with true and selfless love. To put this another way you must stop making yourself the focus of your life and focus on the needs of others. One must leave one’s needs to God and then serve others as God gives you the ability. That is the path that will make you into a person who is like God. That is the path that will lead you into a life that can be described by the above list. All of this is possible because Jesus Christ defeated the power of sin, so that in him you can become a child of love. I am not talking about church. I am talking about living in the world as God would have you live, with your focus on becoming selfless like God.

As you become more and more like God you will become more and more invisible. You will become like one of the little elves that come in the night and make shoes for the shoemaker. As you get closer and closer to perfection people will have no idea who has helped them or why.

Matthew 6:3

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, (NIV84)

When we have reached perfection we have become completely invisible and only love can be seen in us. This is how God is. When God sent his very own Son here to reveal to us God the Father, he did so, so perfectly that Jesus was actually invisible and only God the Father could be seen and heard in him. Jesus became love incarnate.

John 14:6–9

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”

9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (NIV84)

 

 

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