When John proclaims the theme of love, he tells us something about the nature of God when he says, “God is love.” John does not say that love is God. If that were the case everyone who loved would be a god.
When John wrote the words “God is love,” he was writing about a concept that was new to the ancient world. Never would the people of pagan religions have declared that their god was a god of love. They would have declared that their god was to be feared. Study comparative religions such as Buddhism and Islam and see what they have to say about love.
Now, let me hasten to say that a great deal of what we call love is really not love at all. A man says that he loves a girl and insists that she marry him. She refuses so he takes a gun and shoots her and states, “I did this because I loved her.” That is not love!! That is selfishness. Oftentimes a young man will say to a young lady, “If you really love me you will be immoral with me.” That is not love; that is lust. When the Bible says that God is love, it means that He loves me no matter what!
One day, C. H. Spurgeon was walking through the English countryside with a friend. As they strolled along, Spurgeon noticed a barn with a weather vane on its roof. At the top of the vane were these words, “God is love.”
Spurgeon remarked to his friend that he thought this was a rather inappropriate place for such a message. “Weather vanes change,” he said, “but God’s love is constant.”“I don’t agree,” said the friend. “You misunderstand the meaning. The point is that no matter which way the winds of life blow, God is love!” And He is!!
What to do:
✞ Have each family member tell one way that God is love.