1 John 4:16-17 (ISV) "We have come to know and rely on the love that God has for us. God is love, and the person who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. This is how love has been perfected among us: we will have confidence on the day of judgment because, during our time in this world, we are just like him."
1 John 4:8 (ISV) "The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love."
John 3:16 (NIV) "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
John used the word love over 30 times in this letter. There must be something important concerning this thing called love.
What are some ways that love has been defined (dictionary.com); a profoundly tender passionate affection for another person, feeling of warm personal attachment, term of endearment, affectionate concern for well-being of another, take great pleasure in, benevolent affection of God for his creation/creatures, and responsive enthusiasm in liking someone/something.
Overview of the eight types of Love:
Philia-Affectionate Love without romantic attractions between family or friends
Storge-Familiar Love (natural or instinctual affection, as love of offspring or parent-empathy bond)
Eros-Romantic Love (practical love founded on reason or one’s longer-term interests/shared goals)
Ludus-Playful Love (playful-kind of love felt by young lovers or children)
Mania-Obsessive Love (obsessive love style, emotionally dependent)
Philautia-Self Love (love of self or regard for one’s own happiness or advantage)
Agape-Selfless Love (the highest form of love, charity, and the love of God for man and of man for God)
Love/Scripture that is studied/discussed, but not practiced, displays head knowledge (John 5:39). Head knowledge doesn’t equate to the real thing. Like other things in life, we need to nurture and practice love to become proficient in expressing, understanding, and being an example that others/God will see and desire. I believe that love practiced is irresistible and appreciated by the recipient as being the Real McCoy. Love modeled is what God requires.
John 5:39-40 (ISV) "You examine the Scriptures carefully because you suppose that in them you have eternal life. Yet they testify about me. But you are not willing to come to me to have life."
1 John 4:19 (ISV) "We love because God first loved us."
Matthew 22:37-38 (ISV NT Psalms Prov) "Jesus said to him, "'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and most important commandment."
Matthew 19:19 (ISV) "'honor your father and mother,' and' you must love your neighbor as yourself.'"
The evidence of God’s love for us has been shown by: Christ on the cross for us, the empty tomb, the truth of the Holy Scripture, the sending of the Holy Spirit Comforter.
How much does God love us? (Agape)
How much do we Christians demonstrate our love before God? (Our love should have evidence)
How can we demonstrate the various forms of love to offer up to God?