Pursuing Answers to Questions of Faith & Life

Tuesday, December 19, 2006


· The capacity to love and be loved is one of the greatest aspects of humanity being created in the image of God. God is love—it is His nature. Love by its nature desires to be shared and not hoarded. The more capacity for love, the greater desire to share it with more.

· God’s love is infinite and so He desires to share His love with everyone. John 3:16--"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

· Love must be freely given or it is not true love—that’s why the Baby born in Bethlehem is an expression of God’s love—it was a demonstration of Giving.

· Love is also Sacrificial and expresses value—giving love costs something for the giver—what and how love is given demonstrates the importance of what is loved to the giver. Not only did God give His “One & Only Son”, but God gave His life for those He loved. John 15:13--Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

· Love does not keep its distance but comes running for an embrace. Love is the foundation of true and lasting relationship—“Whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

· A relationship founded on freely given, sacrificial love is not in it for the short term—but the long term—and God’s love desires to be eternal. Love is not just spoken words and empty promises. Love is and requires action—that’s why God SENT His Son. God didn’t just talk about love—He proved His love one late night in Bethlehem.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8--Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails.

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