“‘I have loved you with an everlasting love. That is why I have continued to be faithful to you.” ( Jeremiah 31:3)
God (Elohim) the creator of the universe, is Love itself. All aspects of His creation, from the incorporeal to the tangible, is a reflection of God’s Love.
The Love of God is not partially given to a particular religious sect, or people or animals but it is given to all out of divine providence, emanating from a strong desire to bless all created.
Interestingly, it is noteworthy to say that Love is closely linked with “faithfulness”. Since we know from the scriptures that God is not a man that he should lie, and that His will is described as perfect, we clearly assert that faithfulness is a characteristic of God that cannot be compromised or contemplated.
This is so without a doubt, citing personal experiences and that of many others in their millions, and concretely derived from scriptures, that God cannot go back on his words before it is established in this realm as good. Consider:
“In the same way, the promise that I make does not return to me, having accomplished nothing. No, it is realized as I desire and is fulfilled as I intend.”(Isaiah 55:11)
“For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. “( Jeremiah 29:11)
Clearly we can see the inseparable link between God’s love and his faithfulness. God freely gives these to all creation and also desires it from us.
Can we really love our neighbors, spouses, etc, without faithfulness? Commitment of some sorts? Absolutely no. The entire laws of God, given to Moses, sums up to Love. On two stone tablets, the ten commandments where given, five aside. All it is, centers on love. When Jesus was questioned on what the most important law of God was, this is what he said:
Jesus answered, “The most important is: ‘Listen, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31)
A closer look at the ten commandments, we see that Jesus wasn’t saying anything new about the situation I.e the law given, but summarizes it into one-Love. The first five commandments endears man to God out of Love and in love, so that it states: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ and the second five commandments endears man to his fellow man, out of love and in love. Of this it is stated above: ” Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Being in strict observance of these commandment brings one much closer to the Kingdom of God. Jesus himself said this:
“When Jesus saw that he had answered thoughtfully, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” (Mark 12:34)
In understanding God’s love, we must first acknowledge that It is already given in Christ Jesus, through whom all was created. Love is at the very core of God and it is complete. All scriptures are given to us in love, all good things are given in love by God, all things revolve in the realm in love and harmony. Love is freely given and it is from God: God is Love.
Blessed is the soul that lives in Christ for he experiences a depth of love that only intimate fellowship with God can establish. Wouldn’t you rather experience this? LOVE NEVER ENDS!
*For further reading on what Godly love entails, check out 1 Corinthians 13:4-7