God is LOVE (many aspects)
We shared how God’s love impacts our personal life in “Essence of Love – Part 1”. We talked about how God’s love should impact the church in “Essence of Love – Part 2”.
We kept saying “God is love”. His very essence is love. So how do we know this? The gospel of John states the expression of God’s love for us is that He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16). And in his first epistle (letter), John reaffirms this when he tells us that we know Him (God) because we hear Him and love Him and that’s why we love others. We love Him because He loves us – why? For God is love (1 John 4:7-16 – actually, read the whole letter).
God IS love and all that He expresses is love, therefore since we are made in His image (Gen. 1:26), He expects us to operate in love. This is ‘agape’ love, giving and not expecting, doing because it is the right thing to do. Edifying others to be all that they can be in Christ Jesus (1 Corinth. 4:12, Eph. 4:12).
That love is expressed in His written Word (the bible), His creation (the world & all that is around us) and how He interacts with us. when we are aware and listen to Him, in how He gives us direction for our lives.
The fact that He loves us and desires that we love Him implies a relationship. There can’t be a relationship until two people ‘get to know each other’. I’m not talking in the ‘biblical sense’ between a man and his wife. I am talking about getting to know how another feels, thinks, things they enjoy, things they don’t like, etc., etc. Father (God) has already done His part. He knows us before we are even a twinkle in mom and dad’s eyes. He knows us before we are born into this world. And He know us even after we have ‘arrived into this world (Jer. 1:5). So now, it’s our turn (our time) to get to know Him.
How do we do that? First, we have to start reading the manual He has given us (the bible). Whoa! I can’t even understand half what the King James bible says. Okay, so find a more modern translation that makes some sense to you. We have to start somewhere! Believe me, once we start reading, the Holy Ghost will guide us into tools such as other translations, ‘Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance’ or commentaries, or maybe even back into King James, as our understanding grows and our questions become deeper. Father will give us today what we can receive and can understand today but tomorrow, He will give us what we need and can understand tomorrow. When we were a child, we ate like a child, dressed like a child, talked like a child, but as we aged (matured) we moved into deeper things as we were able to handle taking care of ourselves. A baby doesn’t walk the day he is born. It usually take nine months to a year before he can do so. So is our walk with our Lord. Like the child, we see, we desire and Father will give it to us as we are able to handle it!
But the bible is best and most logical place to start. Father then puts Pastors, Sunday School teachers, other ministers and friends into our lives to help us grow.
A baby depends on mom and dad for everything, at first, but as he grows, mom and dad teach him to do things for himself with wisdom (hopefully) to make the right choices as he grows. Father deals with us in the same way. He continues to give us more as we are able to handle it and as we learn to walk with Him (Father), in Jesus Christ because His Holy Spirit (Ghost) dwells within our heart.
As we come to know Father, more and more, we discover that He is not only our Savior (Jesus) but our comforter, provider, protector, teacher and so much more.
The names which God is known by, throughout the bible, gives us insight to the many aspects of His love towards us. Of course He is “El” (H410 – these, those. God is a plurality, the Godhead, the trinity. I like the way Father explained this to me - Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost. Existence, Word or flesh, Spirit or breath. God is Father, creator of all things. He speaks words to get things done and He made those words flesh, born in the manger as Jesus. God’s breath carries His Words into action and His breath IS the Holy Ghost. AND He shares His Holy Ghost with us as He lives within our heart. As promised by Jesus (Acts 1:8) and the initial outpouring as received by the disciples in the upper room (Acts 2:1-4). I say ‘initial’ because Jesus couldn’t share the Holy Ghost with us until after He was glorified (John7:39). Any argument that Jesus was fully glorified when He returned to Father (Acts 1:9-10)? So, though we consider three aspects of God, He was, is and always will be ONE GOD! And that God is love!
So, just what is God’s love? Let’s look at the many aspects of that love.
To help us with a better understanding of just who God is, here’s a list of names by which He is known. Now, these names don’t imply multiple “Gods”, but rather qualities of the love Father expresses towards us.
There are more names than what is listed here, that’s why there are more references at the end of this list.
El is a compounding form and is usually used with another, descriptive word like ‘Rapha’ (heal), Raphael (God heals)
Of course, God is Jehovah, Yaweh.
Here’s a short list of the names of God
The self-existent One. He has always existed and will always exist. You can always rely on Him because He is your eternal source of strength.
(Genesis 2:4, Isaiah 40:3; 10; 1 Samuel 1:20; Exodus 6:1-4, 3:1-22)
God is the Lord over all. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, He reigns forever. Therefor you find safety in Him and Him alone.
(Genesis 15:2, Judges 6:15, Malachi 1:6, Deuteronomy 10:17; Psalm 2:4, 8:1, 97:5, 136:3; Isaiah 1:24, 6:1; Romans 10:9)
The Lord your sanctifier. He forgiveness your sins and His Holy Spirit works in your life to become like He is: pure, loving and true.
(Exodus 31:13, Leviticus 20:8; Ezekiel 37:28)
The Lord my shepherd. He cares for you, the way a shepherd tends his sheep. He cares for you and leads you to still waters and green pastures.
(Psalm 23, 80:1, 95:7, Isaiah 40:11, Jeremiah 31:10, Ezekiel 34:12, 23)
The Lord who is present. He never leaves you, nor forsakes you. He is with you forever. Your best friend, who never betrays you.
(Ezekiel 48:35, Genesis 28:15, Ezekiel 48:35, Psalm 23:4, 46:1, 139:7-12, Jeremiah 23:23-24, Amos 5:14)
The Lord our healer. “By His stripes were are healed” declares the Bible. Jesus Christ died to give you life. Not only was God the healer in the Old Testament, but Jesus Christ revealed the healing heart of God for all of us, more than ever.
(Exodus 15:26, Exodus 15:26, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 6:2, 41:4, 103:3, 147:3, Isaiah 19:22, 30:36, 57:18-19, Jeremiah 3:22; 17:14, 30:17)
The Lord our righteousness. When we believe in Jesus Christ, He becomes our righteousness. He forgives our sins and washes us with His blood.
(Jeremiah 23:6, Genesis 15:6, Jeremiah 23:6, Psalm 4:1, 5:8, 24:5, 31:1, 36:10, 71:15, 89:16)
The Lord will provide. Jesus Christ said that Father cares for us and we never need to worry about provision. He is our source of life, in every way. (Genesis 22:13-14)
The Lord our banner. The Lord gives us the victory in spiritual warfare. When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord raises a banner of His love over us and covers us. He wages war on our behalf and makes us more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. (Exodus 17:15)
The Lord is peace. Whenever there are storms in your life, hide in Him. He is your shelter in the storm. He gives peace beyond understanding, even when circumstances are chaotic. He is our shelter and our shield. (Judges 6:24)
The Lord of Hosts. The Bible mentions myriads of angels, who wage war against the armies of hell, who try to destroy mankind. Jesus Christ is the Lord of hosts, the Captain of the armies of heaven. (Isaiah 6:1-3, 1 Samuel 1:3, 17:45; 2 Samuel 6:2, 7:26-27; 1 Chronicles 11:9; Haggai 1:5)
The God of Recompense. The Lord says in Romans 12 “vengeance is mine, I will repay.” We should never avenge others for what they do to us, but leave it in God’s hands.
(Jeremiah 51:6) Elohim
God is creator, powerful and mighty, Lord of lords. He is the Lord Most High, stronger and mightier than anyone or anything. When you face impossible circumstances or adversaries, now that your God is stronger. (Gen. 1:1, 17:7, Ps 19:1 Jer. 31:33)
The most high God. Do not fear the enemy who tries to intimidate you. Know that your God is the Most High God. There is none above Him. Jesus Christ is exalted high above every name. (Genesis 14:17-20, Deuteronomy 26:19, Isaiah 14:13-14)
Mighty God. The Lord is mighty to save. His arm is not too short. Whatever problem you are facing, know that your God is El-Gibhor, MIGHTY! (Isaiah 9:6)
The everlasting God. God is eternal, while your problems are temporary. His love will never change. His promises are true. Build on Him, who is eternal and do not focus on your temporary situations. He will show you His great and eternal goodness. (Isaiah 40:28-31)
The strong one who sees. When you feel lonely and abandoned by people, know that God is with you. He sees you and He knows you. He hears the cry of your heart and He loves you more than you can imagine. he will lead you through and fill your hear with His praise.(Genesis 16:13)
God Almighty, the mighty One of Jacob. God is not just another ‘god’ like the countless idols. He truly is the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth. (Gen. 17:1, 49:24, Ps. 91:1, 132:2, 5)
The God who gave birth. God is our Creator and our Father. He saw us and He loved us, even before we were born. He has a plan for your life and if you walk with Him, He will fulfill His dreams over your life and amaze you. (Psalm 139:13-18)
God of knowledge. Wisdom comes from the Lord. Man tries to become wise apart from God, ut ends up in foolishness. When we fear God and keep His commandments, to love one another, we will know Him as He is and His wisdom will guide us. (1 Samuel 2:3; Romans 11:33-36; 1 Cor. 1:18-31)
The Ancient of Days. God is eternal. He was before the beginning of time. Therefor He has all authority. Every knee bows before Him. (Daniel 7:9, 13, 14)
And here are some other lists you can check out.
Understand, I’m still learning (in part) so bear with me as this is what Father has shared with me, to pass on, so far. Father is continually tweaking what He has shared with me, so I look forward to when we are in His presence. For then, tweaking will no longer be needed. All we will have to do is ask and He will tell us, plainly and clearly. Jesus tells us that He has made known known to His disciples (John 15:15), all that Father revealed to Him. Remember, Jesus is the living Word of God so if Father said it, Jesus knew it. Yet, after describing the end times, Jesus tells the disciples “No one knows the day nor hour, not man, not even the angels in heaven, only Father (Matt. 24:36). Again, Jesus is the “living Word of God, so apparently Father never said (spoke) exactly when the end times would be.
As a capper for us is that we show our love for God by loving Him and allowing that love not just to flow into our heart, but also allowing that love to flow out of our heart to those around us. whatever we face, e yield it over to God – and don’t take it back. This means we give everything over to Father then follow His direction. Yes, there are times we may have to do something!
The essence of God is LOVE and I pray this series on the “Essence of Love” will help you attain a little better understanding of what that actually involves. I pray this helps you walk a little closer with Father, through Jesus Christ because the Holy Ghost is alive and well within our heart.
May the love of God abide in you always!