Sunday, Feb. 8
OK, what is love? Love is wonderfully portrayed in the Bible. And it is not limited to the romantic variety. Love is more basic than that. The starting point is God’s love for mankind. Love is the foundation of all of God’s revelation that we call the Bible. It has to do with why man was created, the sin problem and God’s remedy for it. Although God knew from before creation that man would sin and that the whole human race would be eternally condemned, He created us anyhow, knowing that He also had a remedy for the sin problem. Love moved Him to redeem man with the view that He would have an eternal love relationship with man in the end. God’s love is infinite and unilateral. Love is always there no matter how man responds to it. God grieves over sin while loving the sinner unconditionally and with no less fervor. There is no way to minimize God’s love. As created beings, we could never have love to that degree, but we should have it in kind. And we do have it “in kind,” even though it is negatively modified by sin. We need to realize that the love that God has placed within us is the same kind of love that God Has. So how would love be described? The essential element is that it is seeking the best for the one loved. The focus is not on the one loving, but on the one loved. It is selfless. Some of this is evident in human relations. It is portrayed in “Romeo and Juliet” as well as in “Tale of Two Cities,” which I mentioned earlier. That particular trait illustrates the nature of God’s love and that is why those stories are admired throughout the world.