What is Real Love? – How Does it Feel?
1 John 4:10 – This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
This is probably one of the most used and powerful phrases in the world, “I love you”. So many people use it to mean so many things, it could mean “thanks for the shirt you got me”, it could also mean “you make me feel good”, or it could mean “you are my relative, so I just have to say it”. There are a lot of reasons people say “I love you”, however we need to realise that if at all we want to understand what love truly means, then we need to take a look at the progenitor of love Himself, and that’s God.
1 John 4:8 – But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
You see there God is love, He is the embodiment of what love is or is supposed to be. So of anything claims to be love, we simply have to lay it side by side God. Well God is a Spirit, so how do we see His love, because it most likely is supernatural. Glory to God He revealed His love to us in Jesus. Remember our key scripture, it says that we have seen real love, not that we loved God, but the He loved us. This shows an amazing characteristic of love. It doesn’t seek to be loved first or loved back, but it remains regardless, and we see God show us this. We never really did love God, but He loved us non the less. That’s why we loving God is a response to our knowledge of God’s love for us.
Our key scripture further tells us that Gods love for us drove Him to make a sacrifice. Don’t forget that Jesus Himself is God, therefore God came as a sacrifice, so that we can have forgiveness, and a brand new life. This also shows another interesting thing about love. It’s willing to sacrifice in order to be expressed. It’s selfless sacrifice, were nothing is expected in return…and that’s the kind of love God showed to us, real love.
Romans 5:5 – And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.
Glory to God folks we have this same kind of love in us, so we can express love just like God to others.
1 John 3:16 -We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.
So we have seen real love. It’s not just supposed to give us goose bumps but we are supposed to express it because we have it and now we know it. Let’s be like our Father, grow in love and express it. It’s simply you walking in your new nature.
Thank you Jesus for your love for me, help me love others just as you do.
Author – Gem