God’s love is a special love
Today’s Reading: 1 John 4:1-21
Key Verse: Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8
The Beatles sang, “All you need is love, love, love is all you need.” Back in August 1967, that was the number one hit song in the USA. Amazon.com currently lists 54,923 books with the word “love” in the title. I did a search on Google for the word “love,” I got back 6,710,000,000 responses. Obviously, love is very important to our culture, but equally obviously our culture has a poor understanding of love. Watch TV, check the internet, scan through magazines, and you realize that by and large most people do not know what true love.
God’s love is a special love. An understanding of God’s love guides our faith. An understanding of God’s love will affect our opinion of ourselves. An understanding of God’s love will affect our service to God. An understanding of God’s love will affect all of our perspective of life. It is vital that we come to understand God’s love is a special love.
C.H. Spurgeon told the story of the preacher who was walking in the countryside and stopped by a farm house for a drink of water. The old farmer who lived there went out to talk to the preacher. As they were talking the preacher noticed that the barn had a weather vane on it that was spinning around in the wind. On the weather vane the words “GOD IS LOVE” was engraved. The preacher said to the man, “I don’t think that is a very good way to talk about God’s love. Are you saying that God’s love is Wishy Washy and changes depending on the way the wind blows?” ” No, no” said the farmer. “That Weather Vane is saying, “No matter which way the wind blows, God is Love.”
God’s steadfast love continues regardless of our circumstances, and yes, when we do not deserve it. Paul tells us in Romans 5:8, “God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” and continues in Romans 8:38 by continuing “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.”