Words from the Heart for Tuesday February 25th, 2020
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8 (NIV)
God is Love
Many Canadians are aware that our country’s first population explosion took place at the end of the American War of Independence when the Loyalists poured into what became Canada. Not as many know that by the mid-19th century the reverse was taking place. Canadians were pouring into Michigan. At one time they made up 25 percent of its population. In the latter half of the century, the exodus from Canada to the United States was much greater: so much so that the population of Canada almost stopped growing.
Hopefully, you have experienced true love. Now, that is an interesting statement, because some of you will immediately respond with, “Of course I have.” Others will ask, “What is true love?” Others will say that there is no such thing as true love. So much of our response to true love depends on our experiences. All of us who have experienced the love of Jesus have experienced true love. The Greek use the word agape. It is uniquely used to describe a love that comes with no strings attached, independent of how those who are loved respond. This is the nature of God. John the apostle puts it this way in 1 John 4:8, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” It isn’t just that God loves. He does. But there is something far more profound here. God IS agape. By nature. All He does flows out of His nature. And we are called to love others in the same way. By doing so, we confirm that we know God, that we have been transformed by His agape love.
These have been words from the heart.