“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love; not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us. We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us His spirit.” 1 John 4: 7-13
John son of Zebedee lays it all out for us to read in his Gospel.
Could it be more clear?
We are about to embark on a ten week study of God’s love language.
Some may question why concentrate on love so much?
1.well, read 1 John above again…
2.in today’s world, when the “worldly” news is dominated by people who express so much hate, don’t we need to know more about love?
3.don’t you need to be loved more? Most of us do.
How important is it to be close to others?
Since my last degree in college was about interpersonal relationships, I had several seminars on close relationships. Yes folks, even social scientists confirm what John says and you know…we all need more love.
Researchers have studied people who are dying in hospices and hospitals and the tough question “What matters the most to you in your life?” was asked. A full 90 per cent of these terminally ill patients put close relationships at the top of their list. A fifty-year old mother of three children who was dying of cancer put it best: “You need not wait until you are in my condition to know nothing in life is as important as loving relationships.” Another researcher concludes that close relationships may be the single most important source of life satisfaction and emotional well-being, across different ages and cultures.*
Every day I will be posting an entry on this blog and the vast majority of the posts will be about God Speaks Your Love Language.
If something I write appeals to you, comment and I will respond.
If something I write makes you angry, comment and I will respond.
If something I write makes you think, comment and I will respond.
You don’t have to comment. You can just read along, but my goal is to make us all think and for the next ten weeks, we will all be thinking about love.
Maybe this blog will be good for you; I can guarantee that writing it will be good for me.
Let me close my first entry on God Speaks You Love Language with this:
1 John 4: 16b
“God is love. Whoever lives in love, lives in God and God in Him.”
*Looking Out: Looking In Ronald Adler and Russell Proctor