Two weeks ago, I began my Summer of Love preaching series. To speak of love, means we must speak of God, for God is love. God is not a spiritual being filled-up with love, love is who God is. In essence God is love means that love does not exist without God. Why is this so? This is where I get really excited, because this moves us into a discussion of God being Triune. God is one essence and three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. It is this perfect loving relationship between the three persons of the Trinity that define love (and God at the same time).
Picture it with me, if you would. This circle of love consisting of a sacrificial and vulnerable love that is shared between the persons of the Trinity. Each person fully giving and receiving of the other two persons. There are no secrets, no hidden motives; each person of the Trinity is fully known, and fully knows the other persons–yet without losing their distinctiveness. This produces what I want to refer to as Triune love. Then God, being love in action, creates humanity so that this Triune love can be shared with us!
1 John 4:12 says, “No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.” I want to reflect on this verse for a moment. We are invited to participate in this Triune love, and then share it with those around us. As we grow in love for God and one another, it is not our perception of love, but “His love”–the Triune love that I talked about–that is perfected in us. Not only is God love, but the love that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit share so fully and completely with one another, this is the same love that is perfected in us!