Read 1 John 4
Focus on verse7-8
Much is written and taught about love, some call it an emotion, or a feeling, others tell us it is a choice or a decision, the ancient Greeks had four different words describing different facets of love. We use the word love to describe our affection for a person, as well as our appetite for pizza, or even our appreciation for a fine
automobile. When we realize that there are several different understandings of the meaning of the word, it is less surprising to discover that there is some confusion regarding what it means when we use the word love.
In today’s reading John gives us a definition of love as God understands it. Interestingly God doesn’t define love as a “what” but rather as a “Who”.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. (v. 7-8)
Apparently God desires for us to love – first of all Him, and secondly one another. We are also told that love comes from Him and that essentially we are incapable of truly experiencing love without also experiencing God, because God IS love.
Perhaps the reason we get confused about love is because we are attempting to define it as a thing when it would be more accurate to think of love as the essence of God. We cannot separate God from love, or love from God, it is not possible, and much of our confusion about both God and love could well be related to this misconception.