THEME: ATTRIBUTES OF GOD
1 John 4:7-8
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
-God is love. In His nature and in all His actions, God is so loving and caring. In His nature and image, He created us in love and calls us to love. God’s love for us is everlasting and He requires us to love Him and one another as ourselves, for whoever does not love, does not know Him. It is in God’s nature to love, and since we have been created in His image and likeness we should also love. We love because God loved us first. We abide in love by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. By keeping His commandments, we abide in God as He abides in us. Those who love God should first love their neighbors whom they see.
To truly understand the nature of God, we need to love. 1 John 4:8 reveals that, “whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love”. It is through love that we are united with God who made us heirs of His kingdom. If God is love and we are created in the nature of love, we should then be patient, kind, humble, selfless, meditate on good and that which is good, rejoice in truth, and endure all things for the sake of Christ, because love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). We have also reviewed the nature of God in other ways but not conclusive because no one can really comprehend His mind. Zophar the Naamathite urges Job to repent in Job chapter 11 verse 7 to 9 saying, “Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than heaven what can you do? Deeper than Sheol what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea.” God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9). Only God is good and He has good plans for us. Plans to prosper us and not harm us plans to give us hope and a future. By His love He gave us His only begotten Son, that we who believe in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. God is eternal and He incorporated us in His salvation plan that we may live forever with Him. God is faithful to keep His promises unto us and we should always put our trust in Him. He is the same yesterday, today and forever, and His promises are yes and amen. God has revealed His nature to us in various ways including His enduring word. He calls us to read and meditate on His word, as we abide in Him and His word, that we may know Him more, serve Him and worship Him for who He is. God is gracious and full of compassion, and righteous unto the upright, wherein arises light in the darkness (Psalms 112:4). He is the Light of the world and illuminates us by His truth, we may become the salt and light of the world, that many may see us and glorify the Father in heaven.
Lord you are our everlasting Father, Your mercies and love endures forever. Abba Father You are loving and kind, slow to anger and rich in love, thank You for loving us and for redeeming us with Your precious blood. Thank You for making us Your own and assuring us that no one can snatch us from Your hands. By Your mercies Lord we are not consumed, because Your compassions fail not, thank You for loving us. Cleanse us by Your precious blood and make us whole. Make us complete in Your love dear Jesus and enable us to be in one mind, and to live in peace with everyone. Teach us to love You truthfully, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Grant us contrite hearts that we may demonstrate Your love in our homes, family units, work places, hospitals, churches, ministries, nation and the entire world. Grant us hearts of compassion that we may demonstrate love to the less fortunate in our societies. Thank You for Your eternal blessing unto us and to all our descendants. Bless us, our children, nation and the entire world. Teach us Lord to seek first Your kingdom and Your righteousness. We worship You and magnify Your precious name. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us now and forevermore Amen.
Further reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11
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