January 22: The Law of Love

We introduced this idea yesterday: the setting for life is an environment of love and liberty. Let’s continue exploring this as we focus on love a bit more.

John 1:1-2. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

John 1:18. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

Before there was the creation of any life there was love. Before humanity existed The Trinity lived in perfect love. The verses above describe the intimate nature of Jesus and the Father. We can also see this eternal love described in Jesus’ “high priestly prayer” in John 17.

John 17:24. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 

Life is the aim of love. Because God loves, he created. And he created creatures (us) who could also genuinely love.

Colossians 1:17. And he [Jesus] is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Jesus is the blueprint for all of creation. If the primary characteristic of Jesus (and God) is love, then the primary function of all creation is to love. God is giving, others centered, beneficial, sacrificial.

Romans 1:20. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

God’s divine attributes, like love, are seen in nature. The law of love rules all of creation. All of life. Think about the giving and sacrifice that you see all around you:

  • The water cycle – oceans give water to clouds, clouds give it back through rain. If a body of water is separated from the cycle it stagnates and dies.
  • Plants and animals give and receive oxygen and carbon dioxide.
  • Atoms share electrons. Electricity moves in a circuit.
  • Planets orbit the sun, the sun shares its energy.

The law of love as the expression of God’s character is the template for all of creation. Therefore it is the template for all of life. To live is to give. To live is to sacrifice. To live is Christ.

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