The Bible says that “God is Love,” but what does that mean?
The way we use the word love in the 21st Century can be confusing for kids.
We say, “I love my Mom” and “I love candy.”
Is love just an advanced case of the cooties or is it what compelled Jesus to the cross?
What Is God’s is love.
The Bible says, “nothing can separate us from the love of God.” Even if I sin or do bad things, God continues to love me.
When I make mistakes He continues to believe the best of me. My behavior does not change the love of God. Nothing can change God’s love, because God is love.
God’s love is unconditional.
The blessings of God are conditional. If I choose to obey God the Bible says I will be blessed. If I choose to disobey God, bad things may happen, but God does not cause bad things to happen.
My actions caused the bad things to happen. The blessings of God are conditional, but God’s love is unconditional. There is nothing I can do to earn God’s love.
Just like a parent loves a little baby, God loves us simply because we are His kids. A baby doesn’t do anything to earn the love of his parents. We can’t do anything to earn God’s love.
There is no end to God’s love.
The Bible says “His mercy endures forever.” God is omnipresent. He is not limited by space and time like our parents. There is no end to God, so there is no end to His love. His supply of love will never run out. If we see God do something good for somebody else we don’t have to get jealous. There is plenty of His love to go around.
One of my favorite books is “The Four Loves” by C. S. Lewis.
C. S. Lewis helped me understand the four different kinds of love and gave me a personal understanding of the depth of love that Father God has for me.
It is vital that kids today gain an understanding of how wide, how long, how high and how deep the love of God is.
When kids are equipped with the proper understanding of what God’s love is, they will be able to walk out John 13:35, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
This is why I wrote an entire 12-week curriculum series on the topic of love called Agape.
Not only has Mark served in the local church as pastor, associate pastor, and family ministry pastor but he is also a certified coach with the John Maxwell Team.