Daily Devotional

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Love and God

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. 1 John 4:16b

God is love. We have heard that said, and perhaps we have said it ourselves. God’s character, as revealed to us through the life and ministry and resurrection of Jesus, is ultimately loving. But that statement may be an even more profound description of what God is actually like. God is like love. Invisible, but fully present. Disembodied, but keenly felt. Inexplicable, but so very real. The experience of love might be the most dynamic proof we have of God. There is no reason for love to exist in the world. Darwin didn’t cite love as part of the evolutionary progression of life in the world. Science cannot measure love any more than scientists can locate God. We all believe in love. Love is real. If God is love, then it stands to reason that God is just as real. Why is that so difficult to believe?

How are God and love alike?

Lord, love may be the very best descriptor of who you are and how you exist in the world. Your presence is like the presence of love in the world. Where do you exist? Can we pinpoint your location in the created order? I suspect you are present in every loving act that graces this world. In Jesus’ name, I pray. AMEN.