Way to go Sozo! :thumb:
Originally posted by Sozo
Love is defined by what God does.
God sacrifices His Son for us...
"We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us..."
"God so loved the world, that He gave..."
"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."
God gives us hope
"...hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. "
"By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him."
He gives His life for His enemies...
"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us"
"For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."
"But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)."
The love of God provides us with security...
"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, "For Thy sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered." But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
God's love is perfect, and never fails...
"Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails;"
The fulness of God's love surpasses knowledge, and yet it fills us with all God's fulness
"...know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God."
It makes us like Him, and removes us from judgement
"By this, love is perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world."
God's love removes our fear
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love."
He gives us His love!
"And we have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him."