“…God is love…” – 1 John 4:8
This is very powerful statement. Only three words, yet strong enough to crush down the walls around humanity. From all the words and sentences John could have used to describe God, he used this powerful declaration which actually is the sustaining power for all of us.
Now, although the greatest attribute of God on its own love couldn’t save us. Grace was the enabling momentum through which truth and faith came with their power. Grace as eternal and absolutely immovable goodness and favor from God, together with faith brought forth the salvation. And the truth on the other hand possesses the ability to enlighten things around us. Without truth we couldn’t have come to the point of having revelation about salvation’s purpose. This is the moment where love covers and sustains because love was actually the sole reason why Jesus came in the first place and died on the cross.
God’s love is an ‘accomplice’ in the salvation but not as a direct but general factor. That is why John’s revelation that God is love is well able to pierce through every religious spirit’s lie. The understanding which explains the cross couldn’t have come without the revelation of God’s love that actually He is love and what vastness of His riches this includes.
In 3 John 1:3-4 it says: “For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”
The truth is that Jesus endured the cross for a greater purpose. Yes, He saved us from sin, cleansed us from it once and for all, but also the joy which was set before Him was for something greater-He saw us justified and renewed. So, because of love, grace was activated to release the truth and bring the freedom and prosperity. This is only possible only through Christ’s grace.