Once I heard (or read) a well known musician, who is now with the Lord say something like, “We don’t love very well.” I like the fact that we do love with the very love of God himself, by the Spirit through Jesus. But I would agree with that brother in Jesus. We often, and all too often don’t love that well. In the first place do we really love God with all our being and doing, and our neighbors as ourselves (or as one who is like us)? And do we love our brothers and sisters in Jesus as Jesus loved and loves his disciples?
The apostle John tells us that God is love and whoever loves lives in God and God in them. I know there is a created love, and people partake of that love. But all love comes from God, and we humans are meant to be moored in that very love. That is where we’re to live which is possible for us in and through Jesus by the Spirit.
I wish I knew that love so much more than what I do. There are times when it is evident and seems easy to live in. There are other times when God’s love seems distant, more a thought than a reality. We see something of that struggle in scripture, which mirrors quite well the reality of life.
I remember a dear professor at the first college I attended. He was a pastor as well as professor, and I remember him as someone like the Apostle John of old. It was said that as an old man John told the Christians to love one another. This professor was beaming with love, and I remember him wrapping his arm around the shoulder of another professor as they walked along. Love came out from him, from his words. He was gifted, but he too was just like us. This is a love we’re to live in through God, and from that to live out to others.
There is no doubt that God is holy, as in pure and other (than us, or anyone or thing else). Some will debate whether God is more holy or more love. While I will say God is holy love rather than lovingly holy, there is no doubt that essential to God’s nature as Trinity is this love. A love that is relational, communal, just, redemptive, self-sacrificial, endless, and yes, holy.
We shouldn’t underestimate the love of God in the world, in our lives, and in the lives of others. God is relentless in that love, even if we don’t see that. His love has found a way we could say, and finds a way in and through Jesus.
And we in Jesus are in that love, for each other and for the world.