Fourth in a series of posts based on annotated quotes from Rick Warren's Purpose-Driven Life
Talking about love:
"Since God is love, the most important lesson he wants you to learn on earth is how to love. It is in loving that we are most like him, so love is the foundation of every command he's given us. God wants us to love everyone, but he is particularly concerned that we learn to love others in his family. This is the second purpose of your life and it's called fellowship. Jesus said our love for each other is our greatest witness to the world." - This is how men will know we are Christ's disciples: if we love one another. If I have not love, I am a crashing cymbal (and quite possibly, a crashing symbol.)
"The local church is the classroom for learning how to get along in God's family. It is a lab for practicing love. Only in regular contact with ordinary, imperfect believers can we learn real fellowship, and experience the New Testament truth of being connected and dependent on each other." - How sad when people throw a hissy-fit and leave a church - either to go somewhere else or nowhere at all. They don't learn anything.
"Jesus summarized what matters most to God in two statements: love God and love people." - Faith, hope, and love remain, but the greatest of these is love. Why? Because it's the only one of the three attributes that we share with God.
Does God have faith? If so, in whom or in what? No - God is the object of our faith and He does not exercise faith Himself.
Does God hope? No - He stands outside of time and knows the end of all things. There is no need for hope. In fact, we will not hope when we get to heaven. There, all our hopes will be realized; the time for hoping will be over.
But love? Ah - there is the one eternal attribute that not only we will always practice, but so will God.
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Truth is...it's not that God loves, but that He IS love. (1 John 4:8)