A few days ago we listed the various names/attributes of God found in the Old Testament. Today, I want to remind us of an attribute of God we find in the New Testament. We find it in a short letter just before the book of Revelation called 1 John.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. – 1 John 4:7-12 (NIV)

From these few verses, we see that:

  • Love comes from God
  • God is love
  • God showed His love
  • God loves us (stated twice for emphasis)
  • God’s love is made complete in us when we love each other.

If you look at these verses, you also see that six times love is associated with God and his activity, and six times it is associated with us and our behavior. God never demands more of us than He provides for us. Why? Because God is all good and all-loving!

As you consider God’s love for you, I would encourage you to expand your prayer time a little bit more today. In Psalm 136, we see a Psalm written to remind us of God’s enduring love for His people. In this Psalm each line concludes with the same phrase: “His love endures forever.” We’ll list part of the Psalm below so that you can see the pattern. You can pray this Psalm (at least the first section) much like the people of God have been doing for thousands of years. But here is what I would also challenge you to do: Thank God for the blessings you have received and after stating each one, repeat the words “Your love for me endures forever.” God’s loves and in His love He gives and shares good things with us. Have you thanked Him? Give it a shot today.

Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.
who made the great lights—
His love endures forever.
the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.
the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.

10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
His love endures forever.
11 and brought Israel out from among them
His love endures forever.
12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
His love endures forever.

13 to him who divided the Red Sea asunder
His love endures forever.
14 and brought Israel through the midst of it,
His love endures forever.
15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
His love endures forever.