St. Paul introduces his great chapter on love saying: “I will shew you a more excellent way.” (1 Corinthians 12:31). In my previous blog post I have stated that God is a God of love. St. John has said: “God is love.” (1 John 4:8).
Today I want to focus on yet another aspect. You may recall that the bible says that God created man in his own likeness. If God can be described by the word love, being created in the image of God means that God intended us to be loving beings. God originally made us for a loving relationship between himself and ourselves. God has designed us to lovingly relate to our fellow men.
Before I carry on here is the quote from the book of Genesis: “So God crated man in his own image, in the image of God created he him…” (1:27).
You may object saying daily news sufficiently proves that man far too often is not a loving being. Indeed cruelties and atrocities have become a feature of human history.
Biblical theology explains that the image of God within man has been marred since the fall. Adam and Eve have disobeyed God seeking independent choice between good and evil. Their loving relationship towards God was disrupted and sin came into the world of humanity. (Cf. Genesis 3).
God has commanded us to love our neighbour and to love God. God has wanted fallen men to reconsider his original intention for us. We are to do our best in thinking and behaving as loving beings.
But God did not leave us alone with a set of rules and commandments. God himself came into our world. God has been borne as a human child. On Christmas every year we commemorate God having become incarnate. Jesus Christ has come to live on earth as a human being just as ourselves. Yet he was without sin. He went about doing that which is good and teaching divine truth. He did so finally even at the cost of his own life.
He has opened up a new and living way for us. Looking upon him we can receive forgiveness of our sins. Through him we also can be sanctified to live our lives for God.
Somehow being loving is still within human nature. Yet there are limitations. God has done much to restore us towards his original purposes.
Paul in his epistles has pointed out how through Christ we can experience divine blessing. Paul sets out to write on love, saying: “I will shew you a more excellent way.” This means there is a way for us. Being loving is possible for us.