1 John 4:7-12 (NLT)
7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
In these verses the Apostle John tells us love comes from God. It is God who put his love into our lives so that we might reflect His laws and hope of salvation. John says God displays real love because He first loved us. God has no hidden motive or agenda. He reached out to us in love before we knew we were capable of returning love. God loved us so much His Son Jesus became a willing sacrifice for our sins. Therefore we should show our love to others because God’s love is in us.
In 1970, the movie "Love Story" was in theaters across the nation. A single line was repeated twice in the movie, once by Ali McGraw and once by Ryan O’Neal. The line "love is never having to say your sorry" became the thirteenth most popular movie quotation in 100 years of movie making. In a 1972 movie, "What’s up Doc" with Ryan O’Neal and Barbara Streisand, Barbara Streisand looks at Ryan O’Neal with flirtatious eyes and says, "love is never having to say your sorry." Without emotion Ryan O’Neal responds, "that is the dumbest thing I have ever heard." The writers were playing on the humor everyone does not have the same understanding of love. The Apostle Paul gives us these words about love: love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude; love does not demand its own way; love is not irritable; love keeps no record of being wronged; love does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out; love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Paul also says, "And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his (God’s) love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God." Take time to understand God and you can understand what love is and what love is not, because God is love. May God’s love be ever present in your life.