God is . . . Love (Exploring the awesome nature of God, part 7b) Aug 2, 2009

1 John 4:7-8 – those who are loved, let them love
– as God is loving towards me, let me be loving to others

1 Cor. 13:1-8
– Greeks have four different words for love:
  – eros – sexual love
  – storge – family love
  – philia – brotherly love (like between friends)
  – agape – loves without changing

Agape love
– God’s love is always red hot, nover changes to luke warm or cold
– gives without expecting repayment
– love so great, that it can be given to the unloved
– loves, even when it’s rejected
– gives and loves because it wants to
– has little to do with emotion and a lot to do with sacrifice

like a suntan, whatever you expose yourself to, you absorb. The more we expose ourselves to God, the more we absorb Him

Love is . . .
1. Log suffering (demonstrated by action)
2. Kind