“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13, NIV

Love conjures up dreams, creates fantasies, and can carry us away in a rhapsody of joy. Movies, television, and novels saturate us with ideas about love. Love has an amazing power. It has the power to make grown men cry, to make logical people illogical, and to make the usually mature become silly, giddy, and emotional. Love, however, is much more than a feeling.

The Bible teaches that love has the power to reconcile man to God, to cause a person to obey God, and to mend human relationships. It is no wonder God said the greatest of these is love. Many misunderstand love. One of society’s greatest problems is that it does not know what real love is. Love has been reduced to something physical or conditional. The Bible teaches that the supreme motivation in a Christian’s life should be love.

1 John 4:8 says, “God is love.” Some have taken this passage and reverse the lesson as if to say love is God. They thereby reduce God to only love. God is love, but He cannot be seen or known by one quality in isolation. God is also holy, righteous, just, faithful, infinite, and eternal. Love cannot be an isolated characteristic, if love is to be correctly understood. Part of what makes God’s love so compelling and so powerful is that it is seen in perfect balance with all His other qualities.

God’s love has many qualities that make it a mature love. God’s love is benevolent, gracious, merciful, persistent, and compassionate. The Bible describes a mature love that has many facets. Like a diamond, a close inspection is necessary if love is to be fully appreciated. I challenge you to consider all the facets of love. You will be surprised by what you discover. You will be surprised by the power of love.

QUESTION: Take a few moments and consider the characteristics of God’s love. What facets of love do you often overlook? In what ways does your love need to mature?