This is the fourth in a series on my Faith Journey.
In my last post, I wrote about learning that “God is love” through the way people in my church and community loved me. Of course, not everyone experiences that kind of love in a congregation or neighborhood or community firsthand.
One of my friends asked me a practical question, “How would you explain what love actually is?” Great question.
So often in my faith journey, I use language to describe it where I assume everyone else knows what I mean. Do you do this too? But the truth is, sometimes I don’t even know exactly what I mean. So often our faith language is so general we need to bring it back down to earth in the flesh.
When I have experienced “God is love” in my life, I have been touched in a way that is often like an unconditional and undeserved gift. Most of the time it has been through other people, but sometimes it has been through an awareness that the Creator loves me despite all of my shortcomings.
My father and mother and stepmom did this for me throughout my life. They were patient and kind, and they were not arrogant or rude. Their love for me could bear all things, believe all things, and hope all things good for me (See I Corinthians 13). I am thankful. And since I know what that is like, I try to give it away to others as well.
I need to think about this one some more.
I ask the question of you my reader. What does “God is love” mean to you? Keep it practical, real. I’d love to hear your comments below.
Peace to you along the journey.