“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” — 1 John 4:8
God is Love
The foundation of who our Heavenly Father is, is love. He is the source of love, the author of love, the creator of love and the example of love. In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul tell us that love is a list of character traits: patience, kindness, not envious or proud, just to name a few.
Our Heavenly Father is filled with everything we need to follow Him and we are called to be like our Father. The sad part is that many of us didn’t have a father that displayed love toward us. Don’t get me wrong — I know many dads love their children, but not with a pure love. Because of sin, we must work at loving others the way God intends.
As we get to know our Heavenly Father, His love becomes the untainted example of true love. If we are to say God is our Heavenly Father, we are to be like Him and walk in love. John reveals this to us in a profound way: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” A child of the King is a child who loves.
Our greatest pursuit in life should be to make Christ our first love so that His image is formed in us. Then we will have a picture to display to others — a picture of love. When we love what our Father loves, we have proof that we know Him.
— LaMorris Crawford, Cincinnati Bengals chaplain
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