All You Need Is Love

God’s love is not your mother’s love. It is not your father’s love. It is not the love of a spouse or the love of a parent. 

Yes. There are things about God’s love that are like all of those loves. But God’s love is wholly other than any earthly love. That’s the definition of holy love.

His love is like and NOT like anything you have ever experienced. It is unlike all other loves combined. It is greater than. Better than. Stronger than. 

His love is purely altruistic. It is always self-sacrificial. His love is wholly other; His love is holy. 

When we say that God IS love (and He is), we are not saying that God is like the love we know or have experienced. We are saying that He is the definition of love. The error we make is taking our definition of love and applying that to God. Because our love is conditional and imperfect, we end up with a conditional and imperfect picture of God’s love. 

We learn what love is by the way God loves us. And we know how God loves us by seeing how Jesus shows God’s love. And Jesus shows us sacrificial, unconditional love that cannot be altered or changed. It’s love for love’s sake. No strings attached. It is given fully without condition or favoritism. It’s a love without boundaries or rules or limits. 

And everything flows from God’s love. God is not Love AND _____. Everything else God displays, every other element of his character, comes from His love. His love is the umbrella that encompasses everything. Everything He is and everything we are.

If we truly experienced His love, everything would change. We would see everything differently. We would think differently. We would behave differently. We would have no fear, worry, stress, anxiety, deception, self-hate.

Everything we are missing can be found in the love of God displayed through Jesus Christ. Everything we need comes from his love. Everything we know about ourselves, others and the world should come from the divine eyes of love. Paul said he prayed that Ephesians would know “how deep how wide and how high” God’s love is (3:18). 

It’s like the mountains in Southern California. You can’t possibly see the whole thing but what you can see is breathtaking and changes your perspective. And knowing there is more of it on the other side is a comfort that can’t be explained. The mountains don’t move. Everything happens around them. 

God’s love never moves. 

But like the residents of southern California, we know his love is there but we forget to stop and gaze at the glory of it. We fail to see God’s love again for the first time. How many people there drive around and never pay attention to the mountains because they have seen them so much it’s normal.

May God’s love never become normal to us. 

May we always be astonished by it. 

Stop and look at his love. Stand still and see his love at work. Feel his love fill you. See his love work miracles. See his love take over. See what happens when we surrender to his love. His love is in every mountain, every tree, every lake, every piece of sand. Every cloud in the sky. Every tear. Every scream. Every laugh. Everywhere and everyone and everything reminds me that he loves me. 

Unchanging

Unconditional

Unfailing

Unstoppable

Unbreakable

Unshakeable

Jesus loves you…this I know, and once we know it, we will never be the same. 

About Matthew Thisse

Matthew Thisse is a Jesus follower, single father, associate pastor, and corporate trainer. He is a former Evangelical and a failed fundamentalist.

4 Replies

  1. Carrie

    Love this post ❤️

    1. Matthew Thisse

      Thanks, Carrie

  2. Iain Pattison

    Dear Mr Thisse

    Your website is good but I don’t agree with some of the things that you say. For example God is not male, God is male and female or above gender all together. Also God’s love is not self sacrificial.

    1. Matthew Thisse

      Thank you for your comment. I agree that God is not just male, in fact, God is not gendered, but in writing, we need to use some pronoun and historically that has been male. How would you describe God’s love if not self-sacrificial?

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