I am working on my presentation for the next course on the Trinity and am dealing with God’s attributes, specifically his love. What is so interesting is that God rarely says to us, “I love you” but he leaves others to declare his love for us through his actions.
We all know John 3:16. We’re all glad that it doesn’t say,
“For God so loved the world, that, oh well, he just does.”
On the contrary! For God so loved the world that he did something about it!! He sacrificed his Son. Paul declared that God demonstrated his love when he writes,
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8)
John declared in his first epistle,
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” (3:18)
And we all know 1 Corinthians 13 where Paul lists several qualities about love:
- Love is patient,
- love is kind.
- It does not envy,
- it does not boast,
- it is not proud.
- It does not dishonor others,
- it is not self-seeking,
- it is not easily angered,
- it keeps no record of wrongs.
- Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
- It always protects,
- always trusts,
- always hopes,
- always perseveres.
- Love never fails.
Indeed, in a very real sense, love is an action. God demonstrates his love to us in actions, not in words. We should do the same.