PRAYING THE NAMES OF GOD
GOD IS LOVE
Love is the most miscontrued, misused and misapplied word in the world! Our focus today is not to dwell on and dissect all the different types of love in humanity, but to zero in on this characteristic of our Holy and Loving God!
As I mentioned yesterday, we cannot separate the Attribute from the Name of God. Many throw around the statement "GOD IS LOVE" very loosely to cover a wide variety of behaviors and philosophies - mostly non-Christian!
But we, who are called by His Name, are required to get it correctly, right off the bat. Therefore, let us key into the selected passage for today"
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.(1 John 4:7-10 ESV)
As you see, the Apostle John uses the word "LOVE" many times in these few verses! All of these words are from the same root word for Divine Love - Agape!
Agape is the HIGHEST form of Love a human being can have for another human being.
It is a selfless, unconditional and sacrificial love for another.
It is the kind of love which forgives another when they have wronged us.
It is the kind of love which so fills our hearts that we wish everyone to have a close walk with Jesus too, so that they too can go to Heaven.
It is the kind of love we have for our children that we want to raise them up in the way that they should go, so that when they are older, they will not depart from it.
It is the kind of love which could cause us to give up this mortal life to our persecutors, who will soon be at our doors in the coming Tribulation.
It is also the following verse from the Lord Jesus Himself when He said in John 14:21 "
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