God’s Definition of Love

Love, Prayer, Purpose |


4 “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud   5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 NLT

In Genesis 1: 27-28, God created man and woman in His image and likeness. This means that He poured everything that He has into us–His intelligence, His power, His creative genius, His Spirit, and definitely His love. We all have our personal concept of love be it positive or negative. However, as Bishop James C. Hash, Sr. has said so many times, “If you don’t know the purpose of a thing, you will abuse it.” So if you don’t know the purpose of love, you will abuse it.

But first, what does God’s love look like? How do you know you’re giving and experiencing love according to God’s definition? First Corinthians 13, our base scripture, vividly shows the face of love. These are all the attributes of God and His divine nature because His love is agape love, which is unconditional love. God loves us regardless of our shortcomings. He is forgiving (Matthew 6:12); He extends grace and mercy to us when we fall short of His glory (Romans 3:23); He is faithful (Lamentations 3;23); and He loves us so much that He redeemed us through the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ (Galatians 3;13). Yes, God loved us so much that He sacrificed His Son so that we would have eternal life in glory (John 3:16). After the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, God immediately started a plan to redeem us back to Him, and that answer was Jesus! This is how great His love is for us!

You were created to be the very image of God’s love. It’s in you, but you have to receive His love and renew your mind to gain an understanding as to how you can exemplify God’s love to this world. It is possible because it is already in you. Just stir it up and let the Holy Spirit guide you!

Prayer

Father, thank You for being my example as to what Your definition of love is. Each day I see Your love when You wake me up. I see Your love in how You protect me everyday, but most of all, I see Your love in how You saved me. I am overwhelmed as to how deep Your love is for me. Let Your Holy Spirit teach me how to be an example of this love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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