“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
If I sat at my computer writing a blog post about the attributes of God, I suspect I’d never finish—even if I wrote 24/7 for the rest of my life. I jotted down a few.
God had no beginning and will have no end. He possesses all knowledge and understanding. He can speak every language that ever existed. He knew me before I was formed in my mother’s womb. He created the stars and the moon and the sun and the entire universe. He intimately knows every human ever born on the earth. He loves and protects every baby who died in abortion. He knows things before they ever happen. Isaiah 45: 7 says, “I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.”
1John 4:16 tells us something else about God. “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” I pondered what this statement meant—God is love. After a little research, I found that love is one of God’s primary traits. He is a perfect example of true, selfless love. Though I never deserved his love, He went to the cross to pay the penalty that I deserved—all because of His love.
Not only me. He calls all mankind to accept this free, unconditional gift. Why? Because we are beautiful, perfect, talented people? No, He’s no respecter of persons. He loves the lowliest, the down-and-out of this world as much as He loves kings and presidents.
In 1Corinthians 13:13 further describes love. “And now these three remain; faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” In fact, the entire chapter talks about the importance of love as existent in our own lives. Why? I believe since the Bible says God is love, this passage urges us to walk in love as well.
Walking in love daily is likely the most important characteristic Christians should strive to emulate. 1John 4:8 says “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Loving others is a tall order yet God is not going to ask us to do something we can’t do.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for demonstrating Your love on a Roman cross. Thank You for paying the price of my sin and the sin of all mankind so that we may be found worthy of God. Thank You for calling us Your children and offering us an eternal home with You forever in Heaven. In Jesus’ name. Amen.