What is Jesus like? The Bible says:
He is the [exact visible] image of the invisible God. (Colossians 1:15a, KJV, brackets mine)
What is God like? The Bible says
…God is Love. (1 John 4:8b, KJV)
What is Love like?
1If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.
2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.
3If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
4Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
5Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
6Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
7Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
8Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. 9We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. 10But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
11When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.
12We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
13But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. (1 Corinthians chapter 13, The Message)
This is what Love is like. This is what God is like. And this is what Jesus is like. He never gives up on us, He’s always looking for the best in us, He doesn’t keep a sin scorecard (our sins are wiped away when we trust Him that He paid the penalty for them), He doesn’t think He’s better than us, He’s not stuck up, He doesn’t force Himself on us, He doesn’t have to be first, He cares more about us than His own life.
This is one amazing Love…
This is one amazing God…
This is one amazing Jesus.
My greatest weakness may be “Pride.” I wrote evangelistic advertisements for a newspaper. The ads ran every Saturday. I did this for two years until my pride was such that I couldn’t hear from God any more. I didn’t write again for 8 years. I knew I was getting proud. I didn’t want to get proud. I thought I confessed my pride to God. But I was proud.
Pride is the opposite of love. Love gets its joy from helping others. Pride thinks only about itself. I still need to die to myself. Every day.
On the other hand, God’s humility is amazing. His depths of self-denial are so great that if I loved like He does I would feel embarrassed. Like the father of the prodigal son, God undignifies Himself and runs after us to love us. Where I would feel humiliated to love someone who treated me like I treated God, His strength-of-self knows no such weakness. He voluntarily throws aside the respect due Him, in order to meet my need. And He has. And He truly has my Respect.
How about you? Did you think God was stuffy, formal and pretentious? Did you think you were too low for Him to come down to meet you where you are? He’s already there. And He is waiting for you to ask Him into your life. And He wants to give you His love.