God is Love

What exactly do "God is love" mean? In a podcast episode, my guest and I got a little tangled up trying to put a pin in this concept. Hopefully this provides more clarity.
In Season 1, Episode 1: Defining God (featuring Walt), a guest and I got into a conversation about the conceptual metaphor "God is Love." In the discussion, he was convinced that I didn't mean God is literally love and I was convinced I was. As I prepped the episode for release, I thought about this concept and I wanted to present a clearer view of this concept (especially since the next topic we're going to tackle is love!).

Love is wholly defined within the definition of God
If you look at the image to the right, you'll see that the concept of love is within God. In a sense, he was right that they aren't exactly the same. If they were exactly the same, they could be used interchangeably. Where it gets interesting is the fact that from a Biblical standpoint (re: the way I see it), love is wholly confined within God. There are no aspects in which love is something that God is not. Which is the route the conversation went.

We touched on the fact that people have different views of love, and I was hesitant to say with absolute certainty that absolutely nothing is true about love and false about God. However, I can now say that with absolute certainty. So I wanted to share that. The reason he thought it was possible to say something about love that isn't true about God is because we have different views of love. The thing is, the reason we have different views of love is because we have different ideas about God. The closer we become to God, and the more we understand Him, the closer our definition of love falls inline with what He created it to be and what it actually is. We cannot fully understand love without knowing God.
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.1 John 4:8 KJV

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Author Image Author Image I love reading the Word of God. With prayer God's Word reveals so much: from comfort to temperance, from perspective to affirmation. Digging into the depths of the Word, cross-referencing history, language and time differences, is a passion of mine. In March of 2015 I decided to go back through the Bible doing an in depth study on each section I read. Eventually I decided to share my journal of notes as I partake in this journey. I hope you are blessed by God and inspired to pursue a deeper relationship with Him. I love reading and learning about God, nature, and science. I am interested in how it all connects. The Creator's fingerprints are all over his creation. We can learn so much about Him and how we came to be by exploring the world around us. Join me as I explore the world and draw closer to the One who created it all.
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