Quite a bit. Evil comes from an abuse of good power called free will. Unlike our English word love, agape is not used in the New Testament to refer to romantic or sexual love. Illness is opposite of God's nature. “Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” John 15:13. “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son.” 1 John 4:10. What if someone has treated me badly? God wants us to resist our bad tendencies. God commanded us to love Him absolutely, but He never intended us to work up this love for Him out of our own effort. (1 John 4:8) 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. For more information about subscriptions, click here. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would be of no value whatsoever. But this is not what the Bible says about love! Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Everyone who loves has become God’s child. To be clear, sin is a falling short of God’s standards. This Truth comes from Knowing GOD and having a relationship with Jesus Christ as it says in John 14:6-7 Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. Alphabetical: A ascents come does eyes from help hills I lift mountains my of shall song the to up whence where will OT Poetry: Psalm 121:1 A Song of Ascents (Psalm Ps Psa.) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, unless otherwise specified. and it was written by Accord Publishing, Milena Kirkova (Illustrator). We know from reading Scripture that the Bible offers us great wisdom when it comes to love, including love that’s one-sided. The following Scriptures will help you understand the truth of the simple yet profound statement that "God is love." Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. And it doesn’t disappear if that love is never reciprocated. And if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, without love I would be no good to anybody. Our natural instinct is to recoil in self-protection when we've been injured. But what do I do when it costs me something to love someone? It loves its enemies; it loves first. Thats why there's such a thing as hell. It is action in spite of how I feel. From there, it apparently made its way into Christian psychological treatises. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. What does it mean that God is love? Add a Book Review. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. Love Heals Enmity. He did not come into being; He simply is. Does it not go without saying that we should love one another? The Bible (from Koine Greek τὰ βιβλία, tà biblía, "the books") is a collection of religious texts or scriptures sacred to Christians, Jews, Samaritans, Rastafari and others. Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And no one has ever been less deserving than we are of that. Because God so loved (chav) us to send his son to die for us and not condemn us (John 3:16-17), we respond to that love by loving (racham) him back and being loving to others we come in contact with as we go about our day. ActiveChristianity® by Brunstad Christian Church aims to show how God’s word challenges and empowers followers of Jesus to live 100% according to God’s will, so we no longer need to fall in sin, but can come to a life of victory. A ... For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. One of the most beloved passages in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 which states: “Love is patient, love is kind. But when the end comes, these special gifts will all disappear. If I had the gift of prophecy and if I knew all the mysteries of the future and knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would I be? But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. The answer is no. Purchase or download Christian literature at Christian BookShop, the online bookstore for Hidden Treasures Foundation Publishers (HTFP)/Stiftelsen Skjulte Skatter Forlag (SSSF). The answer is no. Goodness, kindness, meekness of heart, patience, understanding. The nature of love may be one of life’s great mysteries, but it turns out that at least some of it comes down to biology. —Read Psalm 32:8. Everywhere we turn, we’re bombarded with “Love.” Movies, TV shows, music, apps, social media, books, culture… it seems like everyone has thoughts they want to share with us about love. Galatians 5:22). All rights reserved. As McClintock and Strong’s Cyclopedia states: “The observance of Christmas is not of divine appointment, nor is it of NT [New Testament] origin.”. Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. What a contrast with Jesus who declared: John 10:10 "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." Doing God's work always attracts criticism from those who do not know God. Evil had to come from somewhere, right? But that is not proof of love. In reality, those are more in the “like a lot” category, aren’t they? Love is patient, love is kind. - 1 John 4:7-8 Worldly churches love this phrase to build members. And there are no exceptions. Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; It is not self-seeking, nor easily angered. God is love and has demonstrated that love in everything that he does. (Job 37:23; Isaiah 40:26) However, he does not use his power to control everything. Although evil abounds now, God is permitting it for a limited time to allow all to see its sad consequences.2 Peter 3:7-9 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. But what is love? But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Genesis 16:8. Faith comes from God in the form of a gift (Ephesians 2:8). Answer: God did not create sin, but He created beings with free will who have the ability to sin.This includes Satan, fallen angels (demons), and humans. They are ordinary Christians willing to step out in faith and join people on their spiritual journey in a compassionate and respectful manner. Whether it is romantic love, a member of my family, a friend, a co-worker, so often love is given and received based on what I myself get out of it. It is rooted and grounded. “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:8. And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother.” 1 John 4:20-21. Sin is, however, more than that. When we think of love, it’s easy to think about good feelings. Where To? (1 John 4:9) We love them as they are, and we can pray for them out of a sincere Godly love and concern for them. I love you. Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. 9 This is how God showed his love to us: He sent his one and only Son into the world so that we could have life through him. 7 Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. It steals our health away and destroys us prematurely. Does it seem strange to you, that John exhorts his readers to "love one another"(v.7)? I do not feel loving when I am tempted to anger, to impatience, to seek my own, to believe the worst, to give up on someone. Verse Concepts. Bible verses about come as you are. We can trust that the Bible is authentic because of the fact that it was written down, and we know that written text does not suffer from the same peril as the spoken word. God’s love is a lot like the love of a spouse — all-encompassing. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. By submitting, I accept The Life’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Our love for God actually originates from God Himself. Godly love does not change according to circumstances. But what do I do when it costs me something to love someone? The essence of agape love is goodwill, benevolence, and willful delight in the object of love. We know that God is perfectly good and holy, and that there is no evil in him. 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