Today we begin a new series titled “the more excellent way” focusing on God's love. We will be examining how different God's love is from human love, and how we can appropriate God's love into human situations to mitigate our circumstances. We shall be examining the difficulties encountered in situations where God's love is not sought, and obtained.
As we kick off today, we focus on love as being the nature of God. In the first reading, we are told that “love is from God” [1 John 4: 7]. This means that God is the source of love, and everyone who loves must procure it from him. This leaves us with no choice but to pursue him in order to obtain this precious gift. Secondly, it says “everyone that loves is born of God...” [1 John 4:7]. This means that in order for us to love, we must be regenerated by the spirit of God. The Holy Spirit must infuse our very being, remove all elements of selfishness and bitterness, and perfect us with the pure love that issues forth only from God.
Thirdly, he says that everyone who loves “knows God” [1 John 4:7]. The word “know” in this regard refers not only to acquisition of information, but the experience of the divine attributes of God. We must interface with God in order for Him to produce in us the elements of divine love. This comes from intimacy with God.
Fourthly, it says “let us love one another” [1John 4: 7]. This means that we cannot love one another appropriately unless and until we have been enabled divinely by God through the Holy Spirit. The Command to love can only be fulfilled when we choose the way of God and He sills us with His love, which we can then shower one another with.
Fifthly, it says, “anyone who does not love does not know God” [1 John 4:8]. And therein is the truth brutally spelt out before us. We cannot make excuses for not loving one another, we either love or we don't. When we love, it shows that we know God; when we do not love, it shows that we do not know God.
Sixthly, it says “.... God is love” [1 John 4:8]. This is the core of our message today. That all that God is and has can be quantified and qualified in one word – love. Therefore if we do not reflect the godly qualities of love, we are not connected to Him and we are living a lie.
Seventhly, God decided to demonstrate His love for us. It says “In this the Love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only son into the world, so that we might live through Him” [1 John 4: 9]. In this gesture, God demonstrates that love is a word that must have meaningful and godly actions.
When we love, we must act in a manner that reflects godly attributes. In these actions, God is represented to a world that is hungry for love and thirsty for direction and fulfillment.