God is Love

The Bible declares in (1 John 4:8, 16) that “God is love.” God’s love is indescribable for it surpasses our understanding. There are numerous references to love in the Bible. Love is one of God’s attributes as set forth in Deuteronomy 7:7-8. “The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”

God’s love is shown in the gift of His Son (1 John 4:9-10). The love of God was expressed through the Lord Jesus. The born-again believer’s love is the fruit of the Spirit of the Lord Jesus in them (Gal. 5:22). For all who believe in God, we all agree that God is love. The love of God is a biblical truth as set forth in (1 John 4:8) “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

Scripture Verses for Meditation:

“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not what we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” ~ 1 John 4:9-10

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” ~ Galatians 5:22

“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him.” ~ Psalm 103:11

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD; for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever.” ~ Psalm 136:1-

I will mention the loving-kindnesses of the LORD and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel. Which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies, according to the multitude of His loving-kindnesses.” ~ Isaiah 63:7

“Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” ~ Ephesians 1:4

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” ~ John 3:16

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave of Himself to her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.” ~ Ephesians 5:25-26

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. ~ Romans 5:5

“Greater love has no one that this, than to lay down one’s life his friends.” ~ John 15:13

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, help us to use our days on earth with a wise heart. Help us to give thanks in everything, knowing that You are always with us. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 KJV)

Please help us to keep our eyes on You always and praise You as we pray. Father, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth as it is heaven. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen. (Matthew 6:9-13)

All Scripture verses are taken from the New King James Version and King James Version of the Bible.

By Constance A. Burns, NAAV Contributor for Scriptural Readings and Moments of Meditation; email: cburns@naavets.org