“Loving” is only one of the many wonderful descriptions of God. I mentioned a few in my post God: Love, Faithfulness, Goodness. In this post, I would like to focus on this question: What does the fact that God is loving have to do with us teens today? I hope that after reading this post you will be able to turn off your computer and be able to answer that question, and maybe even explain it to a confused friend of yours. Sound like fun? Let’s begin.
He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.
This verse, Psalm 144:2 (NIV), reminds us how much God has done for us. He delivered us from death, and his love is ever-lasting. It’s easy to be caught up for a few moments in this profound statement, but then we close our Bible and go on with our day, living it no differently than yesterday and the day before. We may think, “Great, God is loving! That’s awesome for me!” And it certainly is. But if that fact is not affecting your life in some way, we aren’t seeing the whole picture. To help clarify what I’m trying to say, let’s take a look at a few more verses.
In Luke 6:32, Jesus says,
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.
This is incredibly true. It is very easy to love someone who loves you as well. But the thing is, God’s love wasn’t like that! We are a rebellious people. And yet He still loved us enough to send His Son to die for us on the cross. Isn’t that an amazing kind of love?! We should display that love as well. Luke 6:35 says this:
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
God loved us when we were His enemies, before we were His children. As Christians, we should love those who do not love us, do good to those who return it with evil.
The second point I see from this is well portrayed in two verses. The first is 1 John 4:20:
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
In this case, “brother or sister” could mean a sibling, but it also includes our brothers and sisters in Christ. This verse is saying that we can not love God and, at the same time, not love a brother or sister. If we have been born again in Jesus Christ, we should love others. This is elaborated upon in 1 John 4:7:
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
I find this verse to be very clear: “Let us love one another, for love comes from God.” Love comes from God. God is loving. God is love. If He is and does all of these things, how could we claim to love him and not love others? For “everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” We can’t claim to have been born again and not love those around us.
So what change should we see in our daily lives? We should go about sharing the love of God with others. And remember this:
“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.” John 3:16