God Is Love

Most people have heard that God is love.  You would think, therefore, that we would have a consensus in society about what this means.  However, we do not.

On the contrary, we live in a world which says that sexual sin is not sin at all and that anyone who thinks it is, is himself guilty of bigotry.  This world and its way of thinking will not escape judgment, any more than Sodom or Gomorrah did.  What it calls love is nothing more than the love of pleasure. 

True love, however, is what God showed us through Jesus Christ.  That is, He denied His own pleasures and lived His life for others – even to the point of death.  In this is love:  not that we loved Him, but that He loved us.  He showed us the way of righteousness – not so that we could ignore it, but so that we could follow it. 

Receive His love for yourself today…that you might show His love to others today.

Bible notes on this post.

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ for those who want to hear about Him without having to join a church, organization, mailing list, or anything else other than Him.

5 Replies to “God Is Love”

  1. hey Mike, this question isn’t related to the above blog necessarily. I’ve read a lot of your writings and agree with a lot of what you write. But I was wondering, in regards to the title of your wordpress site: “A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom”,what are your personal thoughts toward joining a local church? It would seem that you are against the biblical ideal of a “community of faith”, as it is my understanding that a lot of the Pauline letters were written to communities of believers (churches in Ephesus, Corinth, and Rome, to name a few) and not just to the individual believer. How would you respond to this?

    And if you are against a person joining a local church, what role do you think community has or doesn’t have in a Christian’s life? In other words, do you think a believer/follower of Jesus needs or doesn’t need other believers in their life to hold them accountable, rebuke them, encourage them, etc? Any response would be helpful and appreciated. Grace and peace.

    1. As Ecclesiastes says, there is a time for everything – including a time to gather and a time to scatter. Yes, Paul and the other apostles wrote to communities just as Isaiah and the other prophets wrote to communities. That was a time when God was revealing Himself through community. But all that was in preparation for the day when God would fully reveal Himself through Jesus Christ – which He has done. We now live in the day of the Lord and are to live by faith in Him. That is, we are to live like Abraham and the other patriarchs lived – even like Jesus Himself lived: by faith, independent of community. These are not the days of church; they are the days of the kingdom of God.

      Community is necessary to live out a life of obedience to God, for how can we please Him if we do not lay down our lives for those around us? However, we already live in community and do not need to create a separate community in order to lay down our lives. To create a separate community in which to live out the life of God repeats the mistake of the Pharisees (Isaiah 65:5) whom Jesus called a brood of vipers (Matthew 12:34; 23:33). You already have family, friends, and co-workers. Don’t desert them in order to establish a community separate from them. (Will some of them persecute you for your faith in Jesus? Yes, but, again, would you form a community of faith in order to avoid persecution?)

      If you truly want accountability, rebuke, and encouragement, turn to the Lord who will provide these things in abundance. No group of human beings can hold you accountable for the secrets of your heart…but Jesus can. He who truly walks in the fear of the Lord forsakes the fear of man.

      Here are a couple of links that will help elaborate the point:

      Q: You Really Don’t Go to Church Anymore?

      Q: Are You Saying We Shouldn’t Build Churches and Invite People?

  2. Well, His love is supernatural – for it’s a secret that can not be seen in the daylight but is only to be seen out of the spotlight. It doesnt matter how much you would like to tell someone, maybe even though reluctantly, about this special secret relationship – no one will comprehend what you are talking about as long as they don’t know it themselves. Honestly, this makes me sad from time to time because I feel somehow lonely. Lovers of God are difficult to find, aren’t they?

    Yet it is like you said above, ‘In this is love: not that we loved Him, but that He loved us.’ It is a gift of God that we can experience His love toward His creatures. This fact makes me grateful despite that special loneliness.

  3. There is a place in our hearts that can grieve for those who do not have the joy of knowing Him fully, but we ourselves need never feel lonely for His love is able to fill us with a deep and abiding affection for others that leaves no room for loneliness. As we trust and obey Him more with each new day so the capacity of our hearts expands to allow more and more of His love for people to pass through us.

    O Lord, fill us to the brim with Your love for the world! Let us know the fullness of joy that comes with being vessels of Your love.

    1. I just want to tell that I love your prayer – it makes me want to hear the wolf howl 🙂 Just kidding, I mean, it really helped me to chase the sadness away. Thanks for choosing this, Mike.

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