Session 2

Why God’s love is different

From 1 John: A 7-Day Devotional

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1 John 4

What if God was not love? What if He existed as all-powerful and all-knowing but lacked the attribute of love?

Love sets our God apart from the gods of every other religion. Other religions say strive, our God says, “Love.” Everything He made and everything He’s doing flows from love. When we see love in the world, it’s a reminder that we were made in His image. Love exists among us because it’s part of God’s character.

God is often described as our Heavenly Father. For those of us who had loving fathers growing up, seeing God as a loving dad is an easy way to comprehend His love for us. But that doesn’t tell the whole story. God doesn’t just love us; He is love (1 John 4:16). Love is not just what God does, it’s who He is.

It is one thing to be loving. It is infinitely more significant for God’s character to be the source of all love. Love is patient, kind, humble, and eager to serve others (1 Corinthians 13). Because God is love, He is by His nature all these things as well.

God cannot be indifferent to what happens to us because it’s not in His nature. We can take comfort in submitting to a God who is love. We can bear any circumstances knowing we walk through them with a God who loves us and wants the best for us.    

Reflect:

  • How does understanding that God is love affect your ability to have faith in tough times?
  • What’s one way you can show God’s love to someone today?

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

Don’t follow the rules

Our world has perfected the art of performance-based love. It is exhausting to feel like you’re only as valuable as you are expendable. ...

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Session 2

Why God’s love is different

What if God was not love? What if He existed as all-powerful and all-knowing but lacked the attribute of love? Love sets our God apart f...

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Session 3

How to love the unlovable

It’s easy to love people who love you back. But then there are times when it’s not so easy to love. The times you have been hurt and wron...

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Session 4

How forgiveness changes you

We’ve lost our temper with our kids, ignored an opportunity to be generous, or let the urge to indulge get the better of us. We’re not y...

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Session 5

What to do when we doubt the love of God

Most of us, at some point, will question or doubt God’s love. Having doubts doesn’t make us bad Christians. It just makes us human. ...

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Session 6

Three ways to prevent sin

Every Christian wants to know the secret to living free of sin. When Jesus tells the woman caught in adultery, “Sin no more,” we wonder, ...

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Session 7

Where to find joy

When was the last time you sat back, looked around, and realized you were grateful for your life? We experience joy when we’re connect...

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