By Sky Walden
If there’s one thing that sums up God’s nature towards mankind, it’s “love.” Even in the Bible, it says that God is love. I think this is a concept all of us have heard, but when you actually think about it, it has so much more meaning. For as many times as God has exercised judgment in the Old Testament, He is still so compassionate. His entire being is love, and He wants nothing more than to pour that love out on us.
Obviously, Jesus was one of the greatest examples of God’s love for us. He came to earth as a human. Think about this: if you were God, would you want to leave the light of heaven? Would you want to leave behind omnipotence and omniscience to be confined by a human body? I thought not. Humans dream about becoming more than we are–we dream of being perfect, of being superheroic, even. Leaving an omniscient form to become less wouldn’t be ideal. Yet for us, Jesus did that, and so much more.
When you look at the crucifixion and the resurrection, the overall motive behind it is love. Jesus was willing to come to earth and die a traitor’s death because He loved us so much. I know that this may sound trite because we’ve heard it so many times, but when you think about it, it’s pretty powerful.
If you’re anything like me, you probably already know that 1 Corinthians 13 is the ultimate chapter of the Bible on love. The Apostle Paul dedicated an entire letter to talking about it. In it, we see that without love, we are literally pretty much nothing. This refers to both God as love, and love itself. Without God, we are nothing. But without a loving God, we are nothing, too.
Now, even though God and love are the same, sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the rules of what we think God expects from us. But that’s not what God is about. The judgment can be hard to break through. It can be hard to remember that God is not as perfectionistic about us as we are. But in 1 Corinthians 13, we see that love keeps no record of wrongs. That’s God, my friends. I promise you: when He looks at you, all He sees is how much he loves you. Love, love, love.
1 Corinthians 13:8 says this: “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” (NIV) In my own pursuit to understand life, I’ve chased after knowledge. But in the end, when we are gone and this earth is gone, all we will have is love. And though it sounds rather disastrous, it’s also comforting in a way. Life can feel so painful and empty at times, but it’s good to know that there’s more than this. Endless pursuits on this earth won’t matter. All that will matter is the love we’ve stored up in our hearts. And after that, we’ll see God and His face even more clearly. “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12, NIV) We’ll see His love even more clearly, too.
One of my favorite examples of God’s love is the woman at the well. In a world where this woman had probably been used and hurt by many men, Jesus simply sat and talked to her. Not only that, but He asked her to help Him. He helped her to feel needed. I know the feeling of being rejected. Sometimes all we want is to know that we are seen, that we are loved. Jesus saw her, for all that she was and what she could become. He let her know that He saw her and that He loved her, and through that, He led her to Himself.
As we approach the Christmas season, remember that Jesus sees you, for all you are and all that you will become. Remember that He loves you infinitely. Remember how He came to earth as a baby, then a man, bursting with love for the nations. Let Him love you, because that’s what we were made for: love. Let that love wash over you. And then, once you have it, that’s when the fun starts: you get to give it away.
In closing, I’d like to leave you with this song that, while simple, sums up what pretty much everything in our lives is all about.
Jesus loves me, this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to Him belong
They are weak but He is strong
Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
Yes, Jesus loves me
The Bible tells me so