February 14, 2019
365 Days of the Great Names of God, Day 76: Love
"God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them." (1 John 4:16b NIV)
If the Bible is God's story of who He is, what He's done, and what He's going to do, its subtitle could easily be "Love." In fact, I think we could spend 365 days just exploring this one facet of who The Great I AM is.
That God is love underlies everything else He is, as conveyed by just a few of His many names.
*He is El Elyon...Most High in love.
*He the Covenant Keeper...keeping his promise of love to thousands of generations.
*He is Yahweh-Tsidkenu...God Who Makes Us Righteous With Himself for the simple and yet profound reason that He loves us.
*He is Emmanuel...the God who came to be with us because of love.
*He is the Word...and the word He speaks first and foremost is love.
One of my all-time favorite quotes is this one from St. Therese of Lisieux: "It isn't enough to love. We must prove it."
God proved and proves His love over and over. The question I need to ask myself is, "How will I prove love today?"
How will I prove love today?
Here is where God's way of doing things is so radical and redemptive: I prove my love for God not to earn His love for me but in response to it. I prove my love for God not to get something from Him but because of what He has already given me.
"This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they've done to our relationship with God. My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other" (1 John 4:10,11 MSG).
God's love story goes well beyond "once upon a time." Its ending will really be just the beginning. And "happily ever after"? We can't even imagine.