God is love, but which Bible verses differ from his love? What are your favorite Bible verses? Here are mine followed by a personal comment.
God is love
Romans 5: 6-10 “For while we were yet weak, Christ died at the right time to the ungodly. For we will hardly die for a righteous man – although perhaps for a good person we would even dare to die – but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more will we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more so, now that we are reconciled, we will be saved by his life.
These verses are so rich in love. The love of God is no better manifested than on the cross because Jesus died for us while we were still sinners and his enemies. Certainly I would die for my family but for someone who was my enemy? This is exactly what Jesus did for us. The wrath of God that we deserved was placed on the Undeserving One so that we would get what we did not deserve (grace). This proves that love is not a feeling or an emotion but that it is active in His blood shed for us. Love is a verb and it’s what you do, not what you say or feel. It is the consummate action of the love of God.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 “Love is patient and good; love neither envies nor boasts; it is not arrogant or rude. He does not insist on his own way; he is not irritable or resentful; he does not rejoice in evil, but rejoices in the truth. Love supports everything, believes everything, hopes for everything, supports everything.
If you think you can love like that, forget it! It takes the power of God through the Holy Spirit to love those who are not lovable. That’s what God did. He loved us first when we weren’t kind. When Paul uses the word “is,” that word is like the mathematical use of the equal sign. So think about this; love equals patience. Love equals kindness. Love equals humility (not bragging about or envying others). Love does not act with arrogance or rudeness. It’s not irritable or resentful, although I am sometimes. He does not rejoice in sinful activities but rejoices in the truth. Finally, love endures everything (supports people), believers everything (gives people the benefit of the doubt), hopes for everything (expects the best in all situations) and endures everything (like when people are rude to you, irritate you, blame you, brag or envy you.). Even though these are things we should emulate, they are impossible in our own strength and their source is God, so they reflect the love of God and God is their source.
1 Peter 4: 8 “Above all, love one another fervently, for love covers a multitude of sins. “
In the fourth chapter of 1 peter, he ranks the desired attributes of a believer but here in this verse he puts at the top (“First of all”) what should be the greatest attribute of a Christian; to like. Not just to love each other, but to continue to “love each other”, so it is a continuous love that is endless. It must be a “serious” love which in Greek is the word “ektenes” which literally means “extended” which reminds me of the arms of Jesus on the cross which were extended in the greatest display of love of all time. His arms are always extended to welcome sinners to Him. This love also does something that resembles God. He “covers a multitude of sins” or is willing to ignore a large number of sins committed against us. This is exactly what God does for us in Christ (2 Cor 5:21).
1 John 4: 7 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
This verse shows us the source of love… the source of all love! It is God. God is not only love, but “love comes from (or has its origin) God”. John chapter four is one of those chapters where I often attack someone who claims to be a Christian but does not act with love at all. John categorically says that if a person has this love, then that person is showing that he has been born again and that born again person, by displaying such love, obviously knows God however. “He who does not love does not know God” (1 John 4: 8a). If someone says he or she is born again and knows God but hates his or her brother or sister, then he or she is a liar because it is not difficult or really, really difficult, it is impossible. to claim to know God and to love God and to hate his brother (1 John 4:20). John says that person does not have eternal life in him (1 John 3:15).
1 John 3: 16-18 “By this we know the love, which he gave his life for us, and we are to give our life for the brethren. But if someone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, but closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or in word, but in deed and in truth.
John shows us evidence, evidence just as strong as admissible evidence that can be used in court to reach a verdict; we know that it is love because he gave his life for us and that means that we “must give or live for the brothers”. This is how you give your life for others. If a brother or sister has earthly and worldly goods but then sees a brother or sister in need and yet “closes his heart against” them, then how is it possible that “the love of God [to] Abide in Him? The answer is no. John begs us to love in deed (by action) and in truth (by giving) and not just by speaking. Talking doesn’t cost a lot, but the action proves that our love is genuine. We shouldn’t just say, “Well brother, I’ll pray for you about it” and not give them what they might desperately need (goods).
Luke 6:35 “But love your enemies, do good, and lend expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, for he is good to the ungrateful and the wicked. “
Finally, and in conclusion, let me say that the most divine love is to love your enemies. Not only to love your enemies, but to do them good and then lend them and not expect to be paid back. This repayment will come at Christ’s return and you will receive a hundredfold for what you give (Matthew 19:29). There can be no greater privilege than to be the sons and daughters of the Most High God. So the love of God is like this: He first loved his enemies (us) then did them good (us, by the death of Jesus) and lent us everything we have (without obligation to repay) because “He is good to” ungrateful like me and like you and even kind to “evil”, meaning all human beings. God is love in a way that I cannot even describe. He loves you and wants to save you but you must repent and confess your sins and then believe in Him by trusting in Jesus (Rom 10: 9-13). Do this and you too will be a son or daughter of God Most -High.
Another Patheos Read to Check Out: What Jesus Really Was Like: A Look at the Biblical Facts
Jack Wellman is the pastor of Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the senior editor of What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage and energize Christians and answer questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google plus or check out his book Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon