Today is just a short post. I want to continue talking about the subject of love by combining subjects I have already written about in my previous posts “Advent Love” and “Love Me Tender”. In those posts, I discussed the character of God and the qualities of true love.
I want to start off by asking you to close your eyes and try to picture God. What image of Him arises in your mind? Do you see God as a frowning, stern faced old man with white hair and a long beard? Do you see God sporting a non-committal expression as if He really doesn’t care about what’s going on? Or do you think that He is so far above us, so removed from us that you can’t picture Him at all?
There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well allow me to use a few words to paint you a picture, a picture of my Heavenly Father. It is in fact, a self-portrait painted by The Creator Himself. God painted the outline of His portrait with the words in 1Joh.4:8 – … God is love. Then He added colour, texture and depth to His portrait with His defining words of love found in 1Cor. 13:4-8.
When you look at these verses, replace the word “love” with the word “God” (for God is love). By doing so, I hope that your picture of God will become the image that He wants you to know and understand.
1Co 13:4 Love (God) is never tired of waiting; love (God) is kind; love (God)has no envy; love (God) has no high opinion of itself, love (God) has no pride;
1Co 13:5 Love’s (God’s) ways are ever fair, it (God) takes no thought for itself; it (God) is not quickly made angry, it (God)takes no account of evil;
1Co 13:6 It (God)takes no pleasure in wrongdoing, but has joy in what is true;
1Co 13:7 Love (God) has the power of undergoing all things, having faith in all things, hoping all things. (BBE)
1Co 13:8 … Love (God) never fails. (MKJV)
In today’s post, I wanted to paint you an overall “picture” of God. In future posts, I will look closer at some of the individual aspects of that portrait.