Lunch Bite February 15, 2021
“…. God is love, …” (1 John 4:16, ESV)
I usually don’t like the practice of pulling a phrase from a passage or sentence. But this one stands on its own. I have never been a great student of English, I speak it, somewhat I reckon. But being a student of the Word has forced me to slow down from time to time and focus on words that I have taken for granted. “Is” is one of those words. “Is” is the present tense third person form of “be.” The word describes the nature and being of something or someone. In this case the “is” defines the essence of God’s being. This may be important because it is not an action of God to love but love is God is love. So, we need to rethink love. Love is not simply an action. Love must become part of our being who we are.
For the rest of the passage now,
“So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (1 John 4:16, ESV)
Our being must be about the abiding presence of God in our life. The Trinitarian God of scripture. God abides with us as Father, God abides with us as Savior and King Christ Jesus who died for us, God abides with us as Holy Spirit who counsels us, reveals God to us, and is the most intimate presence of God in our daily life. From Shakespeare’s play Hamlet we are all familiar with the quote, ‘To be or not to be, that is the question.” That is the question for believers are we to continue trying to love or will we simply be love in others lives just as God’s being in our life is love.