We know from the Bible that God is love. It is a wonderful fact to contemplate. It can also help us as His children get to know Him better. It can be a good test to see if our thinking about God and how He relates to us is accurate. Consider 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter of Corinthians.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails.
It is a wonderful expressions of what our lives should look like as followers of Christ. This section is framed on the wall in our house for this reason. Yet, since God is love Paul’s description is first about the very essence of God. God is love therefore He is kind, patient and does not envy. He is therefore not prideful and rude or easily provoked. It can really help us get to know God in all of His glory. In reading the verses, though do we view God consistently with the attributes laid out?
God is patient.
Do we understand how patient God is with the world and His people? The world mocks Him and defies Him while He patiently awaits just one more lost sheep coming back into the fold. Do we have a false view of God as tapping His foot waiting for us to finally get it right?
God is kind.
I love this one. I grew up with unkind people and expected others to be the same. God is simply not like that. Jesus treated even the worst of sinners well. God is so good to us! He is kind like a good father is kind to His little children.
God does not envy.
God wants the best for us, even when we don’t deserve it. Jesus gave up everything for us to share in His inheritance. God’s desire is for us to have an abundant life.
Continue on through the verses and just drink in how good love is and therefore how good God is.
How did we do? Are we challenged by any of the decriptions of God? If not, great! If so, we can read it again and again. We
If so, we can read it again and again. We can also add in some prayer and ask God to show us more of Himself in whatever way we don’t understand. His love for us will not fail us, He is patient with our doubt or confusion and He believes in us. It says so right there in the Bible!
God never fails! He won’t fail one of His Children!