I've been reading through 1-3 John the past couple of days, and it has been SO encouraging to say the least. These three short letters lay out what true love of God looks like. Love's deepest definition is found in the short verse, "God is love." I don't know about you, but it's pretty difficult for my finite mind to understand something so infinite. Even if I can't fully grasp the phrase God is love, I know that He is unchanging and sacrificial. He desires a relationship with everyone, and for everyone to know him. How crazy is that?!
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. Let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence, whenever our hearts condemn us, for God is GREATER than our hearts, and he knows EVERYTHING. - 1 John 3:16-19
How amazing true love with Jesus is. Sometimes it's hard to rely on that love because it is intangible and difficult to comprehend, but it is always there and it is unchangeable. As 1 John 4:16 says, And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in god, and God in him. Because we know the truth, Jesus Christ himself, we are recipients of God's love. And because we know Jesus, we are to be givers of God's love.