In 1967, a rock band penned a song that transformed a generation. “All You Need is Love” touched the ears of millions of listeners across the globe. In a world shackled in war, segregation, and civil unrest; The Beatles’ song aimed to unite. Without their knowledge, there was great truth to their message.
1 John 4:8 describes one of God’s primary attributes as love. “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” This verse does not define God as love; it describes God’s love as permeating His essence in all He is and all He does. As today’s headlines tout stories of scandal, tragedy, and war; believers can be confident knowing all they need is God’s love. Theologian A.W. Tozer once stated, “Nothing God ever does, or ever did, or ever will do, is separate from the love of God.” Everything He has ever done has been out of love.
Here are several key implications that this attribute of God has for believers today.