“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (I John 4:18).
People, who follow Hinduism claim ‘God is love’ and the Philosophers claim Love is the pulse of Life. The Bible says that God always loves us. There is a Tamil song which we too sing with joy and it stresses that “Love is of foremost importance.” But have we been made perfect in divinely love?
God has fused the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament into two commandments in the New Testament. Both of them are Commandments of Love. The first is that we should love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind. The second is that we should love our neighbour as ourselves. These two commandments contain all the Law and the prophecy.
God willed to make known to the mankind His Divine Love in order to make us perfect in love. That love is the Agape love. It is the sacrificial unconditional love with no tags attached. We see the greatness of this love on the Cross of Calvary. Then we are dumbfounded ‘For God so loved the world’ and we breakdown with tears.
God did not stop with that. To make you perfect in His love, He willed to pour the Heavenly Love in you through the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). John the Apostle writes “No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us” (I John 4:12).
When a person enters into the Christian fold, immediately he realises an amazing truth. What is it? ‘Christianity is a religion of love.’ Father reveals the love; Son and the Holy Spirit also reveal the love. The Church of God has also been called to reveal love. The believers of the church not only live filled with the love of Christ but also have been called to attain perfection in love.
Paul the apostle writes the whole of chapter 13 of the book of I Corinthians explaining the Divine Love. After explaining several characteristics of love he further states “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (I Corinthians 13:13). ‘Love over God’ and ‘Love over man’ are like the two sides of a coin. Head is the love and the tail too is the love only. It is true that both of these two are related to love. But we are bound to present the prime love, first love and the whole love to God.
To meditate: “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” (Jude 1:21).