God Is Love -- By: Virgil Meyer

Journal: Ashland Theological Journal
Volume: ATJ 18:0 (NA 1985)
Article: God Is Love
Author: Virgil Meyer

God Is Love

Virgil Meyer

Scripture: 1 John 4:7–21

Text: “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” (1 John 4:8)

In his letter, John points out many truths to the Christians to whom he is writing. We have found that he has taught them many things about God. That God is Light, He is Spirit, He is eternal, He is Father. But perhaps the most clear picture he gives of God is that God is Love. Keep in mind that this is the disciple who called himself, “the one whom Jesus loves.” and who wrote the account of Jesus’ life on earth in the fourth gospel, the gospel of John. He penned those words that all of us know — “For God so loved the world …”

The word “love” is probably one of the hardest working words in the English language. The dictionary I consulted had about ten different definitions for it, and it was followed by sixteen entry words — all variant forms of the word “love.”

We use the word in so many ways. For instance I say, “I love chocolate-covered peanuts. I love this weather, I love my family, I love my wife, I love God.” In each instance the word “love” carries its own meaning. It surely does not mean the same thing, the same degree of intensity when I use it to express my feelings about chocolate peanuts as when I use it to express my feelings for my wife.

As we examined this passage of Scripture we see that love has its origin in God. In verse 7 we read, “Love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” It is from God who is love that all love takes its source. A.D. Brooke says, “Human love is a reflection of something in the divine nature. We are never nearer to God than when we love. Man is made in the image and likeness of God. Since God is love, for us to be like God, we must also love.”

We see, too, that love has a double relationship. In verse 8 we read, “Whoever does not love, does not know God, because God is love. Love comes from God and love leads to God.”

It is by God that love is known. In verse 12 we read, “No one has ever seen God; but if we love each other, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”

We cannot see God for He is spirit; what we can see is His effect. We cannot see the wind, but we can see what it can do. We cannot see electricity, but we well know the effect it produces. The effect of God is love. When we know God and accept Him, we are loved. And because

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