The love of God as seen in believers:
(1) God loves us with His great love: “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us” (Eph. 2:4).
(2) God’s love is seen through regeneration: “…even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) (Eph. 2:5).
(3) God’s love is perfected in us: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us” (1 Jo. 4:7-12).
(4) We can abide in God’s love: “And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him” (1 Jo. 4:16).
(5) There is security in God’s love: “Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ” (2 Thess. 3:5).
(6) We are not to love as the world: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 Jo. 2:15-17).
(7) We need to be obedience in our love: “But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him” (1 Jo. 2:5).
(8) We can love through grace: “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace” (2 Thess. 2:16)
(9) We can be bold in our love without fear: “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us” (1 Jo. 4:17-19).
(10) God’s love is revealed through glorification: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 Jo. 3:1, 2).
(11) Love and joy are perfected: “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends” (John 15: 9-13).
(12) Love is the qualifying factor for spiritual gifts: Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing” (1 Cor. 13:1-3).
(13) The qualities of love: “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails” (1 Cor. 13:4-8).
While deliberating about writing this article on The Love of God, the song “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” kept coming up in my Spirit. The discipline of agape love requires a lot from the believer. It has everything to do with our Christian walk—how we see God, and how we see others. As we grow in our love relationship with Jesus Christ and better understand and appreciate His selfless gift to us, we will desire to grow in our ability to show love to others.