God Is Love

Today’s Lesson

Read Isaiah 63:9 and 1 John 4:8.

The biblical statement God is love does not mean God is a feeling or a value. God is a person: a transcendent person, but nonetheless a person. What God is love means is that love is a dominant (if not the deminant) attribute of God.

People often have a difficult time believing that the God of the Bible is characterized by love. They resent that He has allowed suffering in the world and that He has dealt harshly with particular people groups (for example, the inhabitants of Sodom and Canaan).

We should consider, however, that God does not supsend his righteousness, holiness, and justice to bestow his love; in Him, love exists in harmony with these attributes. God is love; God is perfect love.

Questions for Reflection

  1. What is love? How do you define love?  How do you demonstrate love?
  2. Can you be angry with someone and yet love that person? Is it ever right for you to stop loving someone?
  3. How do love and justice contradict each other? How do love and justice harmonize with each other?
  4. Why is it important for us to remember that God is love? Why would God want us to know that He is love?

Sample Prayer

I believe you are love, God. I believe that love, righteousness, holiness, and justice exist in harmony in your own being, and that you keep them in proper balance, for you are perfect. I accept who you are, and I praise you for who you are.

Thank-you, Lord God, for shedding your love over me when I turned to Jesus Christ, your Son, whom you gave to humanity for love, to save us all from our sins so we would know that you love us with a boundless love (John 3:16).

Amen.

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