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
The “Big Picture” that is true for every person, even though the details might be vastly different as to how that is walked out in life is – “That we become and be the manifestation and demonstration of Who He Is.” None of us are ‘perfect’ and there is only one who is ‘perfect’ and that is God so the highest possible call would be for us to ‘demonstrate’ Him before the world. Therefore, the Big Picture which is His Will and Design for our lives is – “That we Manifest Who He Is. That we become the Demonstrations of Him to the Whole World!”
WHO IS GOD? John informed us that “God is Love!” That is the ultimate. Everything that we KNOW about God or will KNOW about God is controlled and directed by this truth. We think about God Almighty who is and has ALL POWER. Remember God said, “Let there be light and there was light.” That is Power! Can you imagine a God of such Power who isn’t Love? He would be an unbelievable monster of epic proportions. LOVE controls everything else that we know about God.
We think of God as Omniscient – He knows everything past, present, and future! Can you imagine a God who KNOWS us like that and doesn’t even like us? We are afraid to tell some of our closest friends some of the thoughts that make their way through our minds. Can you imagine a God who KNOWS those thoughts even before you think them and does not love us? That would cause terror to the point of suicide. To have the God, we know from Scripture who isn’t love – – He would be an infinite monster!
I find it interesting that in studying Scripture and when it comes to definitions in the Bible we do not find the clear definition that “God is Power” but we see it in studying. However, when it comes to LOVE the Bible clearly says – “GOD IS LOVE!” Sadly, in our human experience, the word “love” is almost a useless word because we have to define the word by how we understand it. What do we mean when we say, love? I have found that, for many, it means we reach out to somebody that we consider ‘in our class.’ If you will be completely honest you will realize that it is incredibly rare for somebody to express ‘real love’ for someone that they do not consider to be ‘in their class’.
In Europe history has demonstrated that if Royalty fell in love with a Commoner they were fired! So, when we fall in love as humans, we tend to keep within our status. We fall in love in our ‘tribes’. We keep within certain boundaries. Oh, we don’t talk about it or admit it but we tend to do it.
LOVE – – If I ‘love’ a person, it’s that individual that calls forth my highest admiration. When I look at that person all I can see – I ADMIRE! There is a WOW factor! When I talk about that person, they really are something and in truth, there is an element of worship involved. Therefore, when I LOVE someone it means – They answer to what I feel is beauty which is truly in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is something that happens inside the head and heart! That’s what we understand love to be.
Now, when it comes to God and the Bible declares – “GOD IS LOVE.” Then, we assume that God is love, the same way as we are love. Every religion in the world has a concept of God that is based on human love. In include in that, the unconverted apostate of America. They have equated what we say love is with God who is love! So if God loves like we love then He comes to us and what does He find? He finds someone who in no measure is in His class. Immediately that eliminates us! On that basis, if God got friendly with us He would be fired! Secondly, He finds someone who in no measure is in harmony with Him. We are in disharmony with Him in our unconverted state. We do not jell with His holiness and love. We are selfish, like it that way, and plan to remain in that condition. Thirdly, there is nothing in us that would cause Him to say – “That is the best person I know.” So, if God were to love like we love we, as human beings, would be finished. Thank God He does not!
I hope to address this further but go through your day go knowing that GOD IS LOVE and He has chosen to Love Us!