When John writes, ‘Beloved, let us love one another’, what does he mean, and does it matter? Is it not a bit liberal to be writing about love on a Reformation blog post. Surely we are about ‘Doctrine, Truth, Discipline, Stewardship etc.’ Well, yes we are, but God says, if we don’t get what love is and do it, we are sunk, regardless of how outwardly correct we may appear to be.
What does John mean when he says, ‘Let us love one another?’ Well we need to begin with a definition of love? We can’t take the Humpty Dumpty route who, when having a discussion with Alice about the meaning of words says, “when I use a word, it means what I choose it to mean, nothing more or nothing less.” Love can’t be a word that we use and abuse dependent on what we want it to mean, or who we want it to influence or effect.
So what does ‘love’ mean? Well there is a very simple and clear definition of ‘love’. It is found in the root source of ‘love’. Trace ‘love’ to its source, and there you will find God, for God is love. ‘Love’ is neither an attribute […]