Recently I was listening to Apologetics Dot Com (ADC) podcast where the conversation of the attributes of God where discussed and love being one of many attributes that God possess was part of that discussion.
God’s love is often misunderstood by all of us and if not truly defined Biblically it can twist and pervert quite quickly.
Best way to define God’s love, at least for me anyway is to look at this way. If you had a child that took a metal knife and ran to the electrical socket hoping to see what happens when they jam that knife in, what would you immediately do and what also would you do to convey to that child why jamming a knife into an electrical socket is bad.
Now I can’t speak for any parents in general but I would stop my child very harshly to keep them from hurting them and then I would do what it took to convey that sticking anything in a power socket is a bad thing.
That is what God does for the us, he did it for mankind during Noah’s time, he did it to his chosen people the Jews in their time and he will do the same to you and I in our time.
The question is will we know when he is doing this and will we know how to respond when he does it or will we just chalk it up to a bad day, karma or just bad luck?
When you read your Bible you can do a search on love and you will find lots of passages about love but 1 Corinthians chapter 13 verse 4-7 defines it best.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 [b]bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Contrast to how we define love in today’s life. Love is pleasure, love is lust, love is desire, love is what I want regardless of what others want, love is me.
This is where we go wrong, we either truly don’t know what love is or our wants and desires get in the way because we either deny God or just conveniently disregard who and what God is.
You wonder why our society is crying right now, why it feels like people are emotionally and morally bankrupt.
Well it’s because we have love wrong and we tend to pervert it at every angle. We pervert it for money, for our own desire, for our own lust and eventually that extends beyond the barriers of our own homes and starts to expand in life outside those who indulge too much.
If you break down 1st Corinthians you get a stark punch in the eye of how we get God’s love wrong.
Love is patient: We lack patience, we want our lust and desires now. US News 2013 reports nearly 48% people 15-33 years of age live together before they get married and 75% lived with their partner at some point in their lives before marriage yet divorce rate of 50% still remains the same, we simply want more than we should because we are inpatient and we think we know more.
Love is kind and not jealous: How many of us get this wrong, we want what we want regardless of whom and what it affects and how kind is that. Jealousy can break you and break a relationship. Again we put our lust and desires ahead of what is best for us and most of all God
Love does not brag and is not arrogant: Do you enjoy those parades that show off love, the TV programs that teach a different kind of love you know or is it just lust for our entertainment that is being showed off.
Arrogance is choosing to ignore what God has described what is best and doing what you think is best. Bragging to everyone about your conquest to the point it’s the norm and not shameful, letting that conquest define you is not love.
Are we so arrogant that we brag we know more than what God has given us; we can define love better than God?
Love does not act unbecomingly: Love is not dishonoring one’s self or someone else; it is not unsuitable or indecent.
Dishonoring our society, or family doing indecent acts against what God has created and described and demanding it to be good or at least tolerated. It is done time and time again, lust and desire trump honoring God, oneself, others and self control.
It does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered: My desire is what I want, love does not do this. I will do what I want to get what I want no matter who gets hurt.
Love does not provoke to get what it wants, love does not get what it wants it is given freely because it’s love.
If you hurt me I won’t love you, if you judge me I won’t love you regardless of what I do or what I want. Love is there regardless of what happens no matter what happens it gives compassion when we make mistakes but firmly reminds to give compassion as well.
Does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth: God made laws, wrote commandments, and describes his love, the contrary is unrighteous. No matter what we do we cannot rewrite what God commands and descriptions but instead we should seek his truth in these matters not excuses to make them okay.
Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things: Love takes on hurt and heals it, it trusts us when we do not deserve to be trusted, it gives hope when all hope seems lost and because of this God’s love endures all things no matter how much we pervert or distort his love, God never stops loving us.
If God is love then 1 Corinthians 13 verses 4-13 is who and what God is. With this kind of unconditional love, can we not try our best to do the same for each other in the name of “God is Love”?