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God is Love…right…

January 26, 2010

Should I say it again? God is love. 1 John 4:8 teaches us. The Bible says it over and over again. God love’s you and me. You can bank on it because it is true.

Okay, so we agree that God is love but do we agree on what love means? If you ask me the church has allowed the world to define love. Because of this fact the church today seems very defensive.

Do you want to hear about a crazy and destructive disaster? One that wiped out thousands? Millions? Grab your Bible and read Genesis 6-8. Sure He promised not to do it again but to say you won’t do it again means you did do it once. What do you think the people thought outside the ark? Do you think polling would have said God loves us? I’m going to guess they would say “not much love happening here.”

Would you enjoy reading some other calamities? Nations being invaded? God is love you know.

Isaiah 47:7 says, “I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things.” Do what? Create disaster? No way. No way because everyone knows that creating a disaster isn’t loving.

You are thinking I’m going to keep this in the Old Testament aren’t you? You’re thinking things have changed. No matter that “same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8) business.

But wait, what about the parable of the talents with all of that weeping and gnashing of teeth? Parable of the ten virgins? Would our culture see anything loving about that? Come on, isn’t loving letting everyone in? Isn’t loving not expecting anything from anyone, how dare he even give out talents. Doesn’t he know loving means you compliment everyone for just showing up? What kind of esteem building was going on there?

Could it be that we don’t understand love? Could it be that the problem isn’t God or what he is trying to accomplish or anything but our false understanding of love?

How does this sound, “love is patient, love is kind, love allows you to do whatever you want, love never says no or disciplines, love spoils and sucks up and worries so much that you won’t love back that it over indulges your every whim making sure that your feelings are never hurt?” I’m not sure I have read that verse.

Read 1 John, it talks about this God of love. Notice what it says. Notice it doesn’t say God shows us love by spoiling or sucking up or making sure nothing bad ever happens in our lives or the world.

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. 1 John 4:9-12

He sent his son to die for us to take care of our sins. To get us home to our permanent resting place. Nothing about pillows or comfort or pampering. John goes on to say that because of this love we should love others. Wait a minute. I thought God loved us and not only does he not say I’m going to spend all my time making sure you never have a problem or see something bad or maybe even witness a disaster, no he says pass it on. Gosh I thought this was all about me.

Does God cause disasters? Seems to say that in the Bible. Does that mean he did the recent one? Have not heard that, but guess what, God could have. He could have to get us to wake up and recognize our sinfulness. He could have to punish us. He could have so that we would step up and BE God to the people. I’m not going to say but I do think everyone who dances around this because of God’s love is missing the point.

If a disaster brings people to Jesus so that they can be with him for eternity why would God NOT do that? If calamity causes repentance could there be a better way? Maybe we think that way because we have allowed culture to define love. Shame on us.

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