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Biblical Definition of God's Love - Part 1 (1 of 7)
Series: The Love of God
1 John 4:7-11
INTRODUCTION: For several weeks I have meditated on this subject, ''The Love of God.'' When you dive into this vast subject, it is as though you swim and yet never reach shore. You dive deep but never touch bottom.
Paul says of love, ''bear all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…and now abides faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.'' (1Corinthians 13:7, 8, 13).
What is agape love? It is selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love. Agape, perfectly describes the kind of love Jesus Christ has for His Father and for his followers. Agape is love which if from and of God, whose very nature is love itself. Love originates with God.
1 John 4:8 - ''God is love''
1 John 4:7 - ''love is of (from) God''
God does not merely love; He is love itself. Love does not define God, God defines love. Everything God does flows from His love.
It's important to remember that God's love is not a foolish or silly type love, not showing good judgement, such as we often hear portrayed. God loves because that is His nature and the expression of His being. He loves the unlovable and the unlovely (us), not because we deserve to be loved, but because it is His nature to love us, and He must be true to His nature and character. God's love is displayed most clearly at the cross, where Christ died for the unworthy sinners who were ''dead in trespasses and sins'' (Ephesians 2:1), not because we did anything to deserve it, ''but God commends His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us'' (Roman 5:8). The object of God's love never does anything to merit His love. We are the underserving recipients upon whom He lavishes that love. There is nothing in us that commands us to God's love (God commends His love toward us).
Here is the overarching truth of 1 John 4 we are to love o ...
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