Tuesday March 2

We have known and have believed the love which God has to us. God is love, and he that abides in love abides in God. 1 John 4:16 JND

God Is Love

In 1 John 4:7, we get the character of God. God is love; and this is the family feature of the children of God. “Everyone that loveth is born of God.” The righteousness and holiness of God have reference to the sphere of things created, but here we are shown the character of God in His own sphere. How sweet the thought, as the contrast with all that man is, that God is love: no selfishness there—no having to turn away from Him because one cannot get anything out of Him. As rain on the thirsty ground, the soul draws in that thought, “God is love.” There you have a balm to soothe your soul under all circumstances.

God in His own glory thought of poor sinners. His was the thought to send His Son to die that we might live through Him. Who and what were those for whom He was sent? Poor things “dead in trespasses.” Nothing but particles of dust, driven around by Satan, going into the vortex of destruction. God could say, “They may be dead, they may be but dust in Satan’s hand, but I will send My Son to give them life.” Ah! Throughout eternity we shall find nothing so to rejoice in as God’s thought of sending this Son of His love to give life to dead sinners. Christ has been given to us as eternal life, in all the death in which He found us. I should have been dead for eternity if God had not interfered to give me life in His Son.

When I say, “God is love,” what do I mean by it? Why this, that God sent His only-begotten Son that we might have life in Him. We still carry about the old nature; but, blessed be God, as many a time as Satan has caught me, he has never destroyed me; there is the propitiation—I am inside, sheltered by the blood, and forgiven.

G. V. Wigram