Where does love come from?

Where does love come from?

God is love.- 1 John 4:8

1 John 4:18-19

 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
 19 We love, because He first loved us.

Many people ask the question is there a God? This is soon followed up with another question if there is a God, is He a loving God?

These questions are among the most profound people can ever ask.

We know that matter exists. We know that energy exists. Throughout the centuries, mankind has discovered various laws that govern matter and energy. If there is no God, then everything that exists came from nothing and no one was behind it.

The formula is simple and straightforward: Nothing + No one = Everything.

I find this construct incongruous and logically untenable.

The idea that there is no God, no first cause as the philosophers put it, is flawed, if not indefensible. Not wanting to be foolish, I completely disaffirm the very idea that there is no God. The Scriptures speak directly to that question.

Psalms 53:1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”

As to the second question, is God loving, the Scriptures speak plainly.

1 John 4:8 God is love.

In my heart of hearts, I know what I am truly like. If God is truly good, righteous, and holy, I am not lovable enough to deserve God’s love. Does He really love me? If so why?

The answer is that God is love. The Father doesn’t just love, He is love. Love is at the very core of the Father’s being. It is His very nature and essence. Love permeates all that He is. Love, agape love, bursts forth from the Father. He lavishes His love on undeserving people just like us. His love is unconditional and sacrificial.

Romans 5:8 God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

1 John 4:9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.

Most of us have known what it is like to both love and be loved. Where does the capacity of human love come from?

1 John 4:7 Love comes from God

One American Indian language translates this verse, “it is because of God that we become like ones-who-love” (UBS). The Father is the source and ultimate cause of all human feelings and actions of love. “Human love is a reflection of something in the divine nature itself” (A. E. Brooke).

REFLECT & PRAY

When we understand that the Father loves us unconditionally, all fear fades away.

Father thank you for loving me without reservation. I can hardly take it in.

INSIGHT

1 John 4:18-19

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
 19 We love, because He first loved us.

When we understand that unconditional love is not dependent upon our actions, there is no reason to be afraid of Him. The Father has never, “out to get us.” He works to mature us in our walk with Him, and that requires discipline.

Hebrews 12:7 As you endure divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father?

The Greek word translated discipline is paideia. Paideia comes from the Greek verb paideuo which means to rear or guide a child toward maturity, to train, to instruct, or to correct.  Pediatrics comes from this word.

Discipline and punishment are not synonyms. Discipline looks to the future and is all about personal growth and development. Punishment looks to the past. It is all about receiving an appropriate and just penalty for previous wrong actions.

Because of the Father’s unconditional love for us, fear and dread should not be part of our vocabulary. Love and fear cannot coexist, they are mutually exclusive. Perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).

If we continue to experience fear and dread, we do not fully comprehend and realize the Father’s magnificent and more than abounding love for us. We have not fully experienced His perfect love (1 John 4:18).

Because of what the Lord Jesus Christ has done, we are fully accepted unconditionally by the Father. We are the Father’s beloved children. He cherishes us and we are precious to Him. We should have absolutely no doubt regarding His commitment toward us. We are now part of His “Forever Family.”

Consider the incredible love that the Father has shown us in allowing us to be called “children of God” – and that is not just what we are called, but what we are. – 1 John 3:1 [Phillips translation]

The Father’s love is personal. He knows each of us individually and loves us personally. His is a mighty love that has no beginning and no end. It is this experiencing of Father’s love that distinguishes Christianity from all other religions. Why does the Father love us? It is because of who He is: “God is love” (https://www.gotquestions.org/God-love.html).

But there is more. Because we have received the agape love of the Father, we are capable of loving Him back. In fact His agape love empowers us to love the unlovely.

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