God is love (chapter 4)

This author said that love is from God, so that we should love one another.  Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love, does not know God.  God is love.  God’s love has been revealed among us by his only Son who came into the world to give us life.  Not that we loved God, but God loved us.  He sent his Son to be an atoning sacrifice for us.  Because he loves us so much, we ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God.  If we love one another, God lives in us.  His love is perfected in us, so that we ought to love like God.  Do you try to love like God?

God is love (1 John 4:8)

“Whoever does not love

Does not know God.

God is love.”

ὁ μὴ ἀγαπῶν οὐκ ἔγνω τὸν Θεόν, ὅτι ὁ Θεὸς ἀγάπη ἐστίν

This author said, “Whoever does not love (ὁ μὴ ἀγαπῶν) does not know God (οὐκ ἔγνω τὸν Θεόν).  God is love (ὅτι ὁ Θεὸς ἀγάπη ἐστίν).”  This author then has this great statement about God and love.  They are equivalent.  God is love.  If you don’t love, then you don’t know God.  It is as simple as that.  God lives in eternal love, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He has shared this love by his Son, Jesus Christ.  Without love, there is no God.  Without God, there is no love.  This is a unique equivalence.  Do you believe that God is love?

Worship of God

Some worship the almighty dollar that they can see.  Others worship the unknown, the unseen.  No religion is purely transcendent centered, but also involves to some extent the here and now, immanence.  Our happiness comes in becoming part of others, caring for one’s neighbor with an ego-transcending embrace of others.  If we say that God is love, love is many splendid things.  The difficulty is always the ideal versus the reality of what we experience.  We are striving for perfection, not necessarily reaching it.  Thus, we worship this transcendent God in our lives.