Perfect Love

loveSince today is Valentine’s Day, I couldn’t help but write about the subject of love. It is greatly misunderstood, I believe, especially in the truest sense, which is the biblical definition. Some common definitions of love are, “a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person; a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for parent, child, or friend; sexual passion or desire; a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.” 

The Bible says that God is love. “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we live in Him and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because He first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” (1 John 4:1-21)

From this passage we see that, according to God:

  1. Love comes from Him
  2. Love is Him
  3. Those who love have been born of Him
  4. Those who don’t love don’t know Him
  5. His love was shown and can be seen
  6. His love caused Him to act on our behalf to save us by sending His Son
  7. He loved us when we didn’t love Him
  8. His love for us should compel us to love others
  9. When we love others, we know He lives in us
  10. When we love others His love is made complete in us
  11. There is no fear in love
  12. His love drives out our fears
  13. He loved us first
  14. We love Him because of His love for us
  15. If we hate others, we cannot love God
  16. If we claim to love Him, we must love others

From just this passage, and there are others about love, we see a picture of love much different than those worldly definitions. There are many implications contained in these few truths, but I will leave you to ponder those. May we truly learn to receive His perfect love so that we can give it to those who are desperately looking for love according to this world’s standards. Then we can truly know that we know Him and have become like Him.

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CharleneHughes

Author Charlene Hughes - Lover of Jesus, wife, mother, author, and founder/director of Restoration A.C.T.S.

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