Guiding Scripture: 1 John 4:16 “We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.”
God is Love
by contributing writer: Christina Price
As a new believer from another religion, the idea that God is love was hard to grasp. I later realized that it wasn’t that my mind that couldn’t comprehend it, but it was my heart that could not receive the concept. Over my lifetime, I allowed the experiences I endured, such as my upbringing, relationships, societal opinions, and cultural views, to shape my view of love.
The Bible gives us a standard definition that explains God’s characteristics perfectly.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
As an exercise, try rereading those verses and replacing the words “love and it” with “God.”
That helped me understand how amazing He is. I learned that our love as humans could be conditional and temperamental, while God’s love is unconditional and steady (“endures all things”). His love is not a response or something to be earned (“does not demand its own way”). He loves us as a parent loves their child (“patient and kind”). He represents a love so deep that even at our lowest point, God wouldn’t love us any more or less than at our highest point (“keeps no record of being wronged”).
In accepting God’s love, we are exercising our power of choice. This intentionality is the foundation of our relationship.
Prayer: Lord, I come to you overwhelmed and humbled by your love. Through faith in Jesus Christ, I can receive everlasting life. Penetrate my heart and show me how to fully embrace your love for me. Thank you for your perfect love. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.
Sunday, December 5, 2022
Daniel 11:36-12:13, 1 John 4:1-21, Psalm 123:1-4, Proverbs 29:2-4
Christina Price was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in a Hindu household. She accepted Jesus as a teenager after being introduced to Christianity by her mother, who became saved herself just a few years before passing away from cancer. After walking away from her faith for years, Christina recommitted her life to Christ as an adult and is now passionate about the Lord and serving others. She believes sharing her experiences will encourage readers to stretch past the superficial trappings of life, and embrace the sovereignty of God’s purpose in their lives.