In The Beginning…
“So God created man in His own image,
in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them.”
“And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’” – Genesis 1:27-28 (ESV)
Where was love first conceived? When did love begin? And why is love something so important to us? The answer is that we were created with love, out of love, and for love—from the very beginning. It’s not something we learn, but something that is a part of us. Most people want to love and be loved. It’s part of our being. But which part? If there is something that can’t be explained about us it’s love. Why?
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:1-5 (ESV)
It wasn’t just people and plants and animals that were given in the beginning. In the beginning we were also given love. That’s why it is a part of us. It wasn’t a concept we created. Rather, it is written on our hearts. But what does God have to do about it? Why was creation an act of love? The Word may have been in the beginning, but what does the Word have to do with love?
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected in us.” – 1 John 4:7-12 (ESV)
We live in a world that is tarnished. People die every day. People are hurt everyday. In fact, almost all of us could be hurt every day if we paid enough attention. So what do we do with God’s love? How was creation an act of love if it also created pain? The deepest answers lie in love itself. Because only love could create a companion that could choose another way. Only love would then create a way back for that same companion. And so it was in love that God created us. Fully able to reject Him, perhaps even unable to fully accept Him. But it was also in love that God created a way for us to come back. That way is through His Son on the Cross. Ultimately we are left inspired by His unfailing love. We are left holding the pieces of a broken life, stitching them back together with the only affective tool we’re given—our love. However defective it may be.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14 (ESV)
Throughout this month we’re going to be looking at the exercises of love we’ve seen throughout history. But I wanted to start with humanities first experiences of love. I wanted to start at the beginning where our love is founded. And in the end we’ll come full circle and see where and how that founding love will reach it’s full potential. Thank you for joining me. I hope this will be an inspiring month for our Love Nation.
God bless you,