Thursday - September 1, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
BIBLE READING: 1 John 4:7-21
How often do you use the word “love”? It is a word that is common within our vocabulary and covers such a broad spectrum of meaning. It can be used to convey our feelings for anything from pizza, to a brand of car, to our spouse. It is also a word where meaning is determined by the context. For instance, my teenage daughter can love the latest boy band and love me as her father, and I can understand her degrees of love (or at least I hope I can).
However, we must not forget that the real definition is much more complex and sufficient in its true meaning. Love is God, or rather, God is love, which is how 1 John 4:8 describes it. The very essence of God is love. As we look at Scripture, we can see that virtually every time God expresses Himself to us it is out of love. His creation of man was an expression of love. His promise to Abraham was an expression of His love to His people. His delivery of Israel out of Egypt was an expression of His love, and the cross was the ultimate expression of His love. I don’t know about you, but that surely adds depth to the word.
Application: These is no question of God’s expression of love for us. The question is, “ What are you doing to express your love for Him?”