Dear Friends, Love Each Other

11/17/2010

 

 

 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:7-12

 

 

Do we really need another devotional about love? After all, we talk about love quite a bit in Christian circles: Love each other. Love yourself. Even love your enemies! We talk about love quite a bit in secular circles, saying: “I love you, (fill in name of current boyfriend or girlfriend).” “I love my favorite team.” “I love pizza.”

 

In keeping with my recent theme of writing about things that I don’t understand, let’s do some math! We’ll start with the statement in verse 7 that “God is love.”

 

1. Where “G” represents God and “L” represents Love, we can say:

 

G = L

 

We cannot add anything to God and have it still equal love. This stands to reason because God is infinite.

 

2. Where “P” represents Person, “L” represents Love and “K” represents Knowing God, we can say this:

 

            P + L = K

 

3. From verse 8 we can say this:

 

P – L ≠ K

 

When Love is removed from the equation, an untruth is created.

 

If we remove the negative Love from the left side we are left with P ≠ K, which is true: This is the person who is lukewarm (Rev 3), neither loving nor unloving. Simply add L, remove that slanty line thingy and you get P + L = K! Correct!

 

Dear Friends, love each other! You can’t know God without loving because that’s what God is. You can have all the faith in the world and all the hope in the world, but if you do not love, what good is it? God’s love is not to be contained in library books that never leave the shelf. It is to be checked out and circulated over and over and over. You can memorize the Bible or earn a Masters of Divinity degree but without love you are what Paul calls a “noisy gong or clanging cymbal.” (1 Cor 13:1)

 

John Eldredge has this to say on the subject of how our attitude is the aroma of our heart:             

 

loveThe way we relate to others speaks volumes about our character, our motives, our basic life ambitions. In other words, it reveals the kind of person we are. Here’s why: God is love. Therefore, love is the highest mark of ethics of the Scriptures. God in Trinity. God is relational to the very core. And we are too, because we bear his image.

 

If bearing God’s image means that we look like Him, then in my case I’d say God needs to lose a few pounds and oversee some miraculous hair regeneration. So I guess all that’s left is that we act like Him. God is love and therefore if we are to bear his image, it means we must love each other.

 

Dear Friends, you know what you have to do.

 

 

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There are 2 comments

Deb, I never knew you were a math teacher! Breathing a sigh of relief here that you didn't correct anything! Well said, may God's love multiply (I wish I had thought of that one!!)

Pastor Kent
November 18, 2010 - 17:25

Ah, as a former math teacher, I loved the equations! They make a lot of sense to me. May we let God multiply his love in our lives, so we can add to his kingdom, getting rid of all divisions among us so we can grow God's church exponentially as we look forward to a positive infinity!

Deb
November 18, 2010 - 15:21
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