Where does love come from?
Tina Turner sang, “What’s love got to do with it?” We might ask that question about theology. We might even ask that question about life, itself!
Most people, I think, would say that love has a lot to do with life and theology. Or, at least, it should!
What does the Bible say? Does it affirm that intuition? The answer is clear that the Bible affirms that intuition of the importance of love ins spades!
What is love?
“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
“This is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10)
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:15)
What is the source of love?
“[L]ove is from God”
1 John 4:7
“God is love.”
1 John 4:16
How important is love in the Bible?
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13
The supreme importance and place of love in Scripture reveals that love could not more more important or prominent in our theology! Any theology, therefore, that is light on love is light on truth.
2 thoughts on “How Important is Love in Your Theology?”
“God is love.” He has power, but he is not power. He has wisdom, but he is not wisdom. He has glory, but he is not glory. Love is at the essence of God. No place exists for “God is love” in a unitarian theology. But, outside of space and time, the Father and the Son and the Spirit share a love relationship. Therefore, being created in the image of God means, more than anything else, that we are created to love–to love him, and to love another. We imitate Christ when we love; we fall short of God’s glory when we fail to love. But, in love, God rescues us from our sins and restores to us his image, for “no greater love has anyone than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” J.
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