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Monday, April 1, 2013

God is Love - Who Am I?

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God is Love - Who Am I? - By Robert Pedersen

God is love.
Some amazing verses that describe God as love are found in 1 John 4 - go read the whole chapter - it's short.
In our efforts to understand God, communicate with God and understand ourselves and our relation to God we struggle with definitions.
There is this terrible human need to define and categorize - we somehow think it helps us understand. It does not. Our definitions are based on old experience. So when we're faced with something new - there's always a possibility that we've never experienced anything quite like it. To compare the new experience to old ones reduces and limits the new.
It is in this way that we reduce God to our limited way of being and thinking.
So now that we're aware of this tendency let's consider this idea that God is love.
Drop for a moment the image of the white haired gentleman sitting on a golden throne with a lightning bolt in his upraised hand. Let go of the fear that you may have angered him and the bolt is aimed at you. Forget for a moment that you feel unaware of His will for your life.
God is Love. Just sit with that thought for a moment.
To consider this causes one to question many concepts of God. I mean if God is pure, true Love - then how do all the ideas of an angry, vindictive, and mysterious supreme being fit? Something doesn't add up! Could it be that we've had an understanding of God that was based on something that is not God?
The first chapters of The Bible tell us that we are made in God's image.
So if God is Love what are you and I?
I suppose if A=B and B=C then A=C right? Course that's some kind of mathematical, logical concept - which may not be the best way to think of you and I and God. Is it possible that if God is love that maybe you and I are the same thing?
We may not feel like love. Based on our understanding of love - we may feel we don't know anything about love.
For a moment consider the possibility that you are love.
If you and I and God are love that means we are all one. Which is scriptural and something that Jesus prayed for in John 17.
Now is that something you can really understand based on previous knowledge and understanding?
It seems to me that understanding God is something we must attempt with a clean slate. Dump all preconceived ideas and start from zero. Which would be a good approach in understanding ourselves and each other - since each of us are love.
While you're thinking about you and I and God being love, add this biblical description of love to the mix!
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. (NIV)
Depending on your old ways of thinking about God - these verses may blow your mind! At the least the box you've placed God in should expand a bit. Perhaps your understanding of you and I will grow as well.
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