Every week we read a chapter out of a book by A.W. Pink entitled the Attributes of God. This week the attribute was love. Quoting from the book, Pink says;” It is not simply that God loves but that he is love itself. Love is not merely one of his attributes, but his very nature.”
Something struck me when I read this, have I ever truly loved anything?! Most generally when people think of love they think of fairy tale stories with happy endings. The world portrays love to be superficial. It’s portrayed to be something physical. On Valentine’s Day love can be bought. The truth is that love is sacrificial, but what would we know about true sacrifice?
First Corinthians chapter 13: 4-7 explains love. It says; “ love is patient; love is kind. Love does not envy; is not boastful; is not conceited; does not act improperly; is not selfish; is not provoked; does not keep a record of wrongs; finds no joy in unrighteousness; but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Can any of us say that we’ve done any of these things completely and faithfully? I cannot.
While the scripture in 1 Corinthians is a very true and accurate picture of love I will give you a scripture that is much more true and accurate. John chapter 19 tells about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It tells about his betrayal from friends, the condemnation he faced from his own people, his brutal beating, and the horrific crucifixion on a cross. Even more dreadful than any of those things was the wrath of God that he took upon himself in our place, and he did it all willingly.
That is a real love story, there’re no white horses and castles and pretty little flowers in a princesses hair. What our Lord came down and did for us is something that I am so grateful for but have a hard time understanding. The fact that He is love blows my mind. If the nature of God is love and it manifests itself in faithfulness to his utterly disobedient people all the way to a bloody death on a cross in order to reconcile ourselves to him, then we all should be pouring out our lives in gratefulness to Him and for Him!
The predominant symbol for love is a heart, but in all actuality the symbol for love should be the cross.
In Christ’s love,