“…and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11
Did you know that approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas. With Valentine’s Day coming up this week…hint…hint…hint…guys…it’s appropriate then that we understand something about the love of God.
I suppose if there’s been any one thing that Christians through the centuries have shared and preached about it has been the love of God. We bask in it as believers. We speak of it when we witness and evangelize. We are always eager to tell people that God loves you and therefore sent His Son to die on the cross. We have proclaimed to the world that God is love. We have regularly announced to sinners that God loves them, everyone of them without exception.
Scripture does give us reason to proclaim that God is a God of love, in fact in 2 Corinthians 13:11 He is called the God of love. And in 1 John 4:8 the Bible says God is love. There’s no question but that this is truly an attribute of God. This is part of the fabric of His spiritual essence, His being. And it is a much celebrated attribute because along with it comes goodness and kindness and mercy. Those are the evidences and those are the elements of expression that find their origin in love.
Song writers and hymn composers and poets through all the history of the church have extolled the virtues of God who is a God of love. They have written hymns and songs and psalms and poems on the love of God. And Christians consequently have recited those poems and sung those songs and hymns and therefore celebrated the love of God for centuries.
I’m reminded of one song by Bill Gaither, The Love of God.
“Could we with ink the ocean fill and were the skies of parchment made, were every stock on earth a quill and every man a scribe by trade, to write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry, nor could the scroll contain the whole,
though stretched from sky to sky.’”
The chorus of that song says,
“O love of God how rich and pure, how measureless and strong,
it shall forevermore endure the saints’ and angels’ song.”
I trust you know the God of Love?
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”