God is Love

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

-1 John 4:7,8 KJV

Some weeks ago I applied this truth, that God is love, to the opening words of the Bible and have been chewing on it ever since.

“In the beginning, [Love] created the heavens and the earth.”

What can this single declaration tell us about the nature of the universe? What can it tell us about the power of love?

“In the beginning.” At the first of all firsts. Before there was heaven, before there was earth, before there were stars or atoms or dust, before there was a time or place for the universe to be, there was love. And everything that happened next was because of love.

Art is the expression of the artist. The existence of every pinprick of light sprayed across the cosmos like myriads of glittering diamonds is an expression of love.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

-Psalms 19:1 KJV

Love wrought substance from nothing, and brought stillness to life. You and I were loved into being! We were made by love, and for love. We were created to love and to be loved, because love is not aimless; it has purpose, it has a target.

Here’s an analogy: God is love like the sun is energy. It bestows light and warmth on the earth without ceasing. Though you be on the night side of the planet, yet the sun’s warmth is with you. Wrap yourself in a blanket; it does not generate heat, it insulates the heat you radiate. This from energy you receive from food, which obtains that energy from sunlight.
Or flick on an artificial light using electricity that comes from a power plant. Perhaps that power is generated by the flow of water, which comes from rain, which comes from clouds, which come from the ocean because the sun warmed it.
Life and living are possible because of sunshine. But “sunshine” is just the analogy.

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

-Colossians 1:16 KJV

For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things

-Hebrews 2:10 KJV

For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

-Romans 11:36 KJV

Love is the cause and the effect; the how and the why; the means and the end; the origin and the conclusion; the first and the last; the alpha and the omega. Love is God. God is Love.

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