“God is Love” is a common religious expression but in what
way can we really say that
– God IS Love ?
One thing that people from all sorts of religious traditions would say is that God loves us. Different traditions might have different ways
of describing God or the Divine but the message that God loves us is common to
all. We might then go on and describe God’s love as an unconditional love that
has no limits and no boundaries and is shared equally with all. Such thinking
brings us to see that God is a loving God but is this the same as saying that
“God is Love”? Well in a way the simple answer is yes, but we need to explore
why this is so.
Think for a moment about an everyday situation which
illustrates this problem. We know that we can get money from the bank because
money is stored there. We might even say that “the bank is made of money”, but
we know full well that the bank isn’t money.
Now we could easily view God just like that. We know we can
get love from God, indeed we might even say that “God is made of love” but we
stop short of believing that God is love because it doesn’t seem to make
any real sense to us.
One way to try and move forward and make sense of this is to
look at ourselves. If we are made in the image and likeness of God then it
should be possible to see within ourselves something of the nature of God
although what we see will be a very dim and limited reflection of the infinite
We love all sorts of things – partners, family, friends,
hobbies, possessions and much more. But what tends to happen is that what we
love the most becomes most important in our life to the point where our lives
revolve about what we love most. Suppose we love the pursuit of wealth and its
resulting possessions to the exclusion of all else. Gradually our whole life
becomes totally absorbed by a focus on how to make money and yet more money.
Money has become our whole purpose in living – it has become our life. By
contrast we may make our family the focus of our love. Supporting and caring for
our family then becomes the whole purpose in living – it has become our life.
We can see from these two examples that our love tends to
show itself in the way we live, so much so, that we can describe our life in
terms of what we love, indeed our life becomes our love and our love is our
life. In our deepest and inmost being life and love are one and the same thing.
If it can be said of our human nature that love is our life
then this likeness of God in us must first exist fully and perfectly in the
Divine Itself. Thus we can begin to see that the Life that is God is Love. Now
although it appears otherwise, we really have no life or love in ourselves. What
we call our life and our love really come from God because God alone is the
source of all life and all love. In God, Life Itself and Love Itself are one and
the same thing. This is deep spiritual wisdom.
God is Love because God is Life.
This is all that I've known for
certain, that God is love. Even if I have been mistaken on this or that point:
God is nevertheless love. Soren
God is love, and the ability to
love is inborn in every living creature, most especially in human beings. Sadhu Sundar Singh
In loving and serving, we prove that we have been created in the likeness of
God, for God is love and when we love we are like God. Mother Teresa
God alone is love itself, because he is life itself. Both we on earth and
angels are life-receivers. Emanuel Swedenborg
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