1 John 4:7-11 – “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” NASU
We have considered the Big Picture in finding the Will of God for our lives and called attention to the fact that GOD IS LOVE presents a problem for man. It is a blessing and it is a problem at the same time for the flesh. What do we mean when we say, LOVE? I am quite serious in asking that question. The word “love” in the English language is often a useless word in attempting to convey true meaning. WHY? Because when we use the word in various contexts we often have to define how we understand love. What we mean, often, is that we reach out to someone we deem to be in Our Class. I would argue that it is rare for someone to have real love for someone that is not perceived to be in their class. Don’t get self-righteous and exhibit a false humility on me here.
Let me give you an example of what I mean. In Europe of bygone eras and still somewhat true today, if a member of Royalty falls in love with a commoner they are fired. You did and do not marry outside your class. When we, humans, fall in love we tend to do so within our perceived status. We gravitate to those who are deemed to be in our tribes and we maintain our boundaries. I know many will argue, that they do not, but if you carefully evaluate life you will see that what I saying is true more often than not. We don’t talk about it and rarely admit it but we do it.
When we say “Love” we are saying of that person we express love toward the person who is the object of our love we are saying, that they call forth our highest admiration. When we look at them we admire them. We look at them and the bells begin ringing, our hearts begin racing, and our emotions scream WOW! When we talk about that person we describe them as the cat’s meow and there is an element of worship involved. When we love somebody, they answer to what we feel is beauty. Beauty, we are told is in the eye of the beholder or something that happens inside our heads. That’s what we understand love to be.
The Problem for man is that when we read, “God is Love” we tend to view God as loving the way we love. Every religion in the world has a concept of God that is based on human love. We have equated what we define love as with God Who is Love. Therefore, if God loves like we love then when He comes to us what does He find? First, He finds someone that is not even remotely in His class. That eliminates us! If God were to get friendly with us He must fire Himself for we are not in His Class. Second, He finds people that are not even remotely in Harmony with Him. We do not jell with His holiness and Love. We are selfish, like it, and have no genuine plans to change. There is nothing in us that would cause Him to say, “That’s the best person I know!” If God loves like humans love, we are doomed. That is where the religions of the world find themselves.
I heard an illustration that conveys my meaning wonderfully. A missionary went to a tribal witch doctor and said, “You preach to me now. If I come to you with a problem, how would you tell me to contact the Most High God?” He said, “I know you have many gods, but I want to reach the Big One, the Most High God, how do I do that?” The witch doctor said, “First you have a big problem because the Most Hight God is not interested in you. You are not good enough for Him.” That is where the religions of the world and human love comes short. You may say, “Well that’s not how I or my church views God.” But, consider with me how we used a more sophisticated language but arrive at the same destination. Most have the idea that they are not good enough for God and therefore He is not interested. Some feel that they have to make themselves ‘good enough’ for God before He will accept them. Isn’t that the same thing? That is incredible and completely contrary to the biblical report.
I believe that once we understand the biblical definition of the Love of God we will immediately realize that our human definition and usage is worthless in describing God’s Love. God’s love is completely other than our kind of love. When the Bible says, “GOD IS LOVE” it does not mean that he reaches out to His class. No! No! No! It means that He reaches out to ALL PEOPLE or more importantly He reaches DOWN TO ALL PEOPLE and lifts us up to His level. Human love reaches Up to those we deem the most beautiful or worthy but God’s Love reaches down to us. That makes no sense to the human mind but GOD IS LOVE and because of His Love He Gave that which would purchase our redemption and He deemed us worth the Blood of Jesus. God loves the bad, messed up, twisted human beings, and makes us His friends and that is AMAZING! That is GOOD NEWS or the GOSPEL.
I want to continue in this vein of thought at least one more time so until next time God bless you richly is my prayer and desire!