Pondering God (Part 29)

29 May. Continuing our study and our pondering of God. The most amazing and the most important summary statement of it all... God is Love. I looked back to ensure that I hadn't written this before. Surprised, eh? 27 other attributes and characteristics of the Almighty, and love was not (yet) included.
When I say love, do you think of John Lennon and the Beatles singing that's all you need? When you hear the word love, do you think of famous people with that last name like Kevin from the Cleveland Cavaliers or Mike from the Beach Boys or Courtney who was married to Kurt Cobain?
Love is more than a passing fancy or a clever surname. Love is an attitude long before it's an action. So it stems from commitment. It's an action long before it's a renewed feeling. And when feelings take over and it's 'all about love' then we often get confused and have to re-sort out lives. 
When we say "God is love" it sounds like a bumper sticker. Which, by the way is not a bad idea if you know how to mass produce those. It could be a Chinese fortune cookie insert. God is love. It can be so nebulous
When you take a word like love it can mean so many things. I love my wife. I love my dog. I love cappuccino. I love baseball when we win.
To explore human love is a massive mystery, but to ponder the love of God, buckle your seatbelt. If you don't love your neighbour whom you have seen, how can you say you love Him? (1 John 4.20)
God is love means "God cares."
Creation speaks of a loving God.
Redemption speaks of the depth of love of God.
The empowering of the Spirit in our lives is God's love in our lives to fill us with Him to live this out.
When John the Apostle said, "God is love" (1 John 4.16) he is saying we should replicate the love of God in our relations with one another. 
It all summarizes in this: 1John 4.9 "By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him."
God so loved the world, that He did something.
When you love, you do stuff. 
What did God do? He sent His only Son into the world that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but rather have eternal life. (John 3.16).
Wow...that's love. 
That's a God thing. That's God.

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