1 John 7,8 states strongly, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” I saw a bumper sticker on a car in front of me. The bumper sticker said, “God loves you—and I am trying.”
Love is a journey not a destination. Love is like a river, never ending as it flows, but
gets greater with time. God is love.
One person said, “Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off. It takes you by surprise at first, but keeps you warm for a long time.”
What would Jesus say about love? I believe that He would say, “Love is my religion!” Very simply, love is all there is. Love is really all there is—God IS love, the only energy, the only presence. The only power that we should express in life is the energy of God’s love, for if we do, our life will be successful.
You and I, truly, are radiating centers of God’s love. Our spiritual purpose is to express love to others and to allow others to love us. Everything we do should be an act of love, the only thing we should express.
In the first letter of John, it says twice that God is love. It is in the Bible because it is a reality. God is the very presence and power of love. God is not necessarily loving, like a human being can be loving, or not loving; for God is the very essence and quality of love itself.
Because, as it says in first Genesis, you and I are made in the image and after the likeness of God – so, it must be that we, as God’s own creation, also are Divine love in expression. Love is our basic nature, and love is our essence. If we are not living in that natural essence and expressing from that essence of love we feel disjointed, and out of kilter.
It is that spiritual essence, that truly binds everything together in perfect harmony in this world.
Paul’s letter to the Colossians in chapter 3, verse 14. There, Paul is listing some of the qualities that we need to express in life, like forbearance, forgiveness, etc. He finally winds up, in verse 14, by saying, “And ABOVE ALL THESE put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” It is the spiritual glue, which, in a sense, holds this whole world together and holds our lives together. How truly important it is.
There are two major choices in life at any given moment—being loving, or not being loving. It is as simple as that. It is an experience we have all had, to live from the higher vantage point of life, or from the lower.
It seems in life there is always the flip side to everything, just like on a record. You play one tune on one side, and then you flip it over and there can be another tune on the other side that is quite different than the one you just listened to. And so it is with love.
Love is a wonderful quality, but we express it according to our understanding of it. If our understanding of it, at any given moment, is not what it ought to be, then it comes out as something that we might even call unloving. This is also represented in the Bible, in particular by one of the gospels; the apostle John could represent the spiritual quality of
In the gospel that bears John’s name, we see that love is mentioned a number of times. What did Jesus have to say about love? Jesus said many things about love. He also expressed love in His actions as well as His teachings.
The kingdom of God was Jesus’ main teaching, His main theme. He talked about that kingdom not being so much an outer, political kingdom, but being a kingdom within us.
At one point in Jesus’ ministry, a certain gentleman asked him what was the greatest commandment in our law. In other words, what is the greatest teaching in our Bible? Jesus gave him two answers instead of one.
First of all, He said to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This comes from the book of Deuteronomy in the Old Testament, chapter 6, verses 4-5. Then he said a second is like unto it, love your neighbor AS yourself. So, you see, at first glance Jesus gave him two for the price of one.
And when we love God, what does that mean? How do we love God? So much of
loving God in the churches has been the idea of loving a God out there, outside of us, as if God were sitting on some great throne in the sky.
Jesus’ concept of God is a God who wants us to express our own Divine loving self, and in that way, to love God. If you truly want to love God, then what you need to do is to express more of your personal love from God in everything you do. To do this it might be a complete re-creation or rebirth of yourself and the way you live life. It must be accomplished to truly live within the kingdom of God’s love.
I think this is the kind of God that was meant by Jesus. At one point in His ministry, Jesus quotes the prophet Hosea from the Old Testament and says, “I desire mercy and steadfast love and not sacrifice.” In other words, what Jesus was doing, in quoting Hosea, was saying that God does not want ritual or all of these outer observances, but God wants mercy and steadfast love to all. It is spiritual, inside of ourselves, and through our daily actions. What God wants us to do, in a sense, is to express our own love. That is how we can love God to the fullest. The bible says that ALL love is from God, so, to follow Christianity, we MUST express it. Express and live the love of Christ.
God bless you!