6 June 20151 John 4:7-9
"God is love." (v.8)
Psalm: Psalm 150
If this letter was a stick of seaside rock and you broke it at
any point, then it is more than likely that the message you would
read is that God is love, so persistent is John's message. Yet
apparently, it is only in verse 8 and verse 16 of this chapter that
the phrase "God is love" appears in the whole Bible!
It is a single simple statement but behind it is so much:
- It provides some sort of purpose for the creation of the universe. If God is love then God cannot live in isolation. Love requires a relationship - someone to love.
- It gives a reasoning for the gift of free will. Love cannot be forced or coerced if it is true love. Love is a gift - and with a gift the giver has the choice to give or refrain from giving.
- Love gives meaning to the Cross and to redemption. Verses 9 and 10 of today's passage pick this up. Love demands the absolute best for another - no matter what the cost. Love was the reason for Jesus. As John also puts it in his Gospel - "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life" (John 3:16).
- If someone broke you in half, like a stick of rock, what would they find running through you? Is that what you want? If not, what can you do in order to make it what you want?
- If someone broke your church in half, like a stick of rock, what would they find? Is that what you want? If not, what can you do in order to make it what you want?
- Spend some time during the day reflecting on the phrase - "God is love". What does it mean for you?