February 1, 2009
“God is love. 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.” (1 John 4:8b,9)
A while back
I read about a couple that celebrated their 50th
wedding anniversary. Both
were in their 80’s and great-grandparents. Frank had lost much of his
hearing. Bessie had some
physical problems. And
yet this couple was still getting along
together and celebrating this great anniversary. Their
come from all over and had enjoyed celebrating
through the midmorning into the afternoon. Finally,
all the family went home.
Frank decided to walk out on to the front porch and
sit down on the
swing and watch the sunset. The
gentleman pulled his tie loose and leaned back and
didn’t say much. Bessie
looked at him somewhat in wonder and
said to him, “You
know, Frank, I’m real proud of you.”
The old gentleman
turned and looked at her rather
quizzically and after a moment said, with a puzzled
look on his face, “Well, Bessie, I’m real tired of you
said to me, “How
can God love us? We’re
such icky people. And how
are we suppose
to love icky people?” I’m not sure
about the word “icky” but it is a good question.
Tucked into the end of 1 John 4:8 is this
is love.” If we want
to understand love we have to begin with God.
Love is an attribute of God. At the core of who God is, His very nature and essence, God is love. It’s like an ocean. The ocean is wet. How could an ocean be anything but wet? God is love.
When God created creation He created love. Along with all the physical things of creation are feelings, attitudes, and emotions. There would be no love in creation if God hadn’t created it. God is the source of love. If we want to understand love we have to look to God.
Which makes great theology. But is a little hard to wrap our minds around practically. So, John goes on in verse 9, “By this the love of God was revealed…”
It’s not just that God is love - the
is loving. God is the
demonstration of love. Actions
louder than words.
What’s it like to be a sinner? Well, we
all can answer that one. What’s
it like to
live in world of sinners? Another
We live separated from God.
His holiness. We’re lost,
weighed down with guilt, and struggling to find
answers. Even as
believers we know how true Paul’s words are, “For the good that I
want, I do not do, but I practice
the very evil that I do not want” (Romans
7:19). We stain ourselves
with the blood
of Jesus the only begotten Son of God.
stain ourselves over and over again with sin.
Paul writes, “But God
demonstrates His own love toward us, in that
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God
demonstrates His love. God,
through Jesus Christ, offers us hope, purpose,
restoration, and abundant life now and life forever
with Him. Not because we
deserve it. But, because
God is love and God is loving.
God loves icky people like us.
Anyone else struggle with that? When we
get past our egos and all the things we cover our
inner selves with. When
we get down to the core of who we are.
How could God love me?
Have you ever been asked why you love
love your wife? Or
husband? Or kids? Or
grandkids? Or, you name
the person? Beyond, its
the way they wear their hair or
they smell nice, its hard to put the reason we love
someone into words.
God loving us is something this side of heaven we’ll never understand. Yet, God reassures us with His actions that He does. When you feel icky hold on to His love.