He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:8
It is the grand finale of the Love Is series, God is Love. We have gone over what love is according to Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. Every single aspect of love is in God because God is love. We are to be like Christ and Christ is God, so we need to do our best to show every aspect of the love that God is. We are also called to love our fellow Christians like God loves us.
Every single attribute of love is an attribute of God. Why is this? Well, John tells us that God is love so everything that is love is God. If this is true, then we can replace love in 1st Corinthians 13:4-7 with God. Here is what it would say: God suffers long and is kind; God does not envy; God does not parade itself, is not puffed up, does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. This is the God I know!
The Bible says in Galatians 3:27 that Christians are to, ‘…put on Christ.’ Since Christ is God, then He is love. Christians are to put on Christ or be like Christ. This means that we need to show the love of Christ like He does. All the aspects of love should shine through us, even when it is hard. Shining Christ means shining His attributes, His love, Him.
We are called by God to love our fellow Christians like He loves us. John tells us, ‘Beloved, let us love one another, for love is God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.’ We are called to love our fellow Christians. That verse does not say love one another if they are in the same denomination as you. The verse just says to love one another. Love your fellow Christian, whether they are Presbyterian, Catholic, or Baptist, etc.
God is love, so we are to love each other with that love by shining Christ. God wants us to love one another as He loves us. Love is a strong thing, use it the way God calls you to.