The Gospel of John, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John, and the Book of Revelation were all written by the same John, the disciple whom Jesus loved.
1 John 4:7 – Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. (Verse 8) He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (Verse 9) In this, the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
(Verse 10) In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (Verse 11) Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (Verse 12) No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.
(Verse 16) And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. (Verse 17) Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. (Verse 18) There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (Verse 19) We love Him because He first loved us.
(Verse 20) If someone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? (Verse 21) And this commandment we have from Him; that he who loves God must love his brother also.
If we have a misconception about love, then we actually have a misconception about God because God is love. If we don’t understand that God is love then we won’t understand God. The more we learn about love the more we will learn about God.
Love Is A Choice
Love is not a feeling, it’s a choice. Much of our world view and much of our philosophy has come from Hollywood. We are told we can fall in love and we’ve been told that we can fall out of love. If that’s true, then we have a problem with God’s commandment “Love one another.” People say that they don’t have any control over who they love and who they don’t love. We usually love those who treat us right and despise those who mistreat us.
Have you ever heard this expression, “I love you but I’m not in love with you!?” People think that to love one another is all God is talking about in this commandment, not that we have any control of whom we are “in” love with. God says we can control both.
We have a mind, will, and emotions; we make our mind up to love and the feelings follow. However, I will say this: How someone treats another will cause them to either love them or not want to be around them anymore. I’m sorry but some people, because of how they treat others are just intolerable! However, loving someone is still a choice.
When people say, “I just don’t love them anymore,” it’s because they stopped investing and that’s why they don’t have the feelings anymore. One or the other started treating the other wrong and eventually, they stopped caring for the other.
Love Is Unselfish
1 Corinthians 13:1 – Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become a sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. (Verse 2) And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (Verse 3) And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
These next verses explain love and because God is love, we can put God everywhere it says the word love: (Verse 4) Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; (Verse 5) does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
(Verse 6) does not rejoice iniquity; but rejoices in the truth; (Verse 7) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (Verse 8) Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
John 15:13 – “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” Love lays down its life for someone else. Anyone that wants to be successful in love, dies to self! Die to your own way.
Love Is Unconditional
Romans 8:35 – Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Romans 8:38 – For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, (Verse 39) nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God cannot “not” love! God is love and loves us with perfect love. He can’t love us any more or less. His love is completely unconditional.
1 Peter 4:8 – And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude of sins. How can love cover a multitude of sins? Because God’s love is unconditional. Did God show us how much He loved us when He sent His Son to die for our multitude of sins? It didn’t matter what or how many sins there were. When we accept Him, the sins are all covered under the blood that He shed for us!
The greatest thing that we can tell someone is “God loves you!” I’m telling all my readers, “God loves you!” John said, “We have known and believe,” we have known in our minds and believed in our hearts that God loves us!