1 John 4:8
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
God doesn’t just love; He is love—all love is created through him.
God’s love is not based on who we are but who He is. And that’s good news for us. Because of God’s perfect love for each of his creations (that’s us!), we can know that he will never turn away from us.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7 is considered one of the classic verses on love in the Bible. Usually, we interpret these words as they relate to marriage or other relationships but I want you to look at it from a different perspective. We already know that God is love from 1 John 4: 8. So, now read these verses again but substitute God for the word love or for the word it when it means love.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Wow! That’s pretty awesome to know that God loves me like that.
Your life and my life will never be without troubles of one kind or another. Often from our own making but not always. Life can be unfair. Life can be overwhelming but knowing that God’s love never fails can make the difference in a bad situation.
Keep those words in your heart.
Anytime you are having difficulty believing that God wants the best for you, that God still believes in you, that God is taking care of you: just read those verses. God will never give up on us. God won’t stop loving us. God keeps no record of our wrongs.
God loves you and me yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever.
This I know for the Bible tells me so.