Maurice Wylie Ministries

 

Is God Love?
"Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love" (1 John 4:8)

How do you and I know, without any doubt, that God is love?I heard of a young boy who attended Sunday school each week. The young lad had a problem. He had a bad memory. Each Sunday he would try his best to be able to quote the Bible verse he was given the previous week to memorize. But to no avail! Then one Sunday the teacher said, "Johnny, I want you to memorize part of I John 4:8, 'God is love.'"

Johnny was so excited. Three words, he could hardly wait until the next Sunday to say, "God is love," and receive a little star. The following Sunday came and Johnny waited his turn. Finally the teacher asked Johnny to quote his small portion of verse. Without hesitating, Johnny said, "Is God love?"

The teacher was so angry, declaring to Johnny, "What do you mean, 'is God love?'" Johnny received a slap on the back of the head. This was his introduction into God's love! We can laugh, but for many of us, that has been our thoughts about God. We may think that God is out to hurt us.

Many Christians walk in the wrong fear of God. Their concept of God is that He is in heaven with a rod waiting for them to step out of line, so He can whack them. For years I myself carried that fear in my Christian life. I was not responding in faith, but in fear. Most of these imaginings are rooted in the Old Testament, or from having the wrong father figure in a person's life.

Yet in 1 John 4:8 it says, "God is love." How do you and I know, without any doubt, that God is love? We know by looking at Jesus, for He spoke and did only what his Father told Him to do (John 5:19). When the prostitute came to Jesus, He did not cast her away but touched her life so that she would change. He fed the thousands when they had no food. He paid their taxes when they had no money. He laid down His life. All this and more, and STILL He did not have to. Why did He do it? The only reason—LOVE for you and me.

Ezekiel 22:30 says that God could not find a man who could stand in the gap for us, for even Adam had fallen into sin, so God sent His ONLY begotten Son to die for us. If this is not love, then I don't know what is!

John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, for the Word was God." An important truth to realize is that the Son of God was not always called "Jesus" before He came to dwell on this earth. People knew that a Savior was coming (Isaiah 7:14, 53:1-12) and some parents would have called their sons "Jesus" (historical fact) hoping that he would be the Savior. But God chose the person He wanted - Mary and said, "His name shall be called Jesus," meaning Savior. His deity/eternal name is "Word," but his earthly name is "Jesus." Jesus, "The Word," had a life before taking on a natural body (Hebrews 10:5) and being born of a virgin.

Imagine, "The Word," the Son of God in heaven before the beginning of time. He knew all about everything. There was nothing he did not know. John 1:3 says, "…all things were created in and through Him." From the glory of the throne, looking through time, He would have known about the betrayal of Judas, the sweat and blood in the garden, the beatings, The Cross that would be in front of Him. Jesus, “The Word” did not have to redeem mankind BUT love stood up in the midst of heaven and said, "I will go!" He gave up the glory of heaven, the worship by angels, to come to this sin filled earth for the love of mankind. Yes, for the first time in eternity the God of love, “the Word” was going to feel pain. Why? Because of His love for us!

Who could watch their only son being murdered, and yet this was the love that would redeem you and I. Is it any wonder that the Father gave His Son a name above every other name (Philippians 2:9)?

I pray that through this small nugget of truth you will never question again, "Does God love me?" If anything, I pray that you will reach out to your heavenly Father. For in His arms He will keep you, through His eyes He will watch over you and by His feet He will walk before you. Nothing can pluck you out of the Father's hands. He who paid such a price for you is able to do more than you can ask or think?

 

 

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