Where does love come from?

People often think love is a human emotion and came from humans. That couldn’t be further from the truth.
Where did love come from? Love was created by the same being that created everything else in heaven and on earth. God created love. That’s right. No matter how much Hollywood wants to claim to be the purveyor of love, no matter how many want to claim love is of human origin, it was God that created love because God himself is love.
The Apostle John, by the inspiration of God, wrote much about love. In the gospel that bears his name, Jesus said, and John wrote, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son,” (John 3:16) and John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments,” and “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love,” (John 15:10).
True to form, John wrote from inspiration, “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God: and every one that loveth is born of God and knoweth God,” (1 John 4:7). Love is of God, which is to say, it belongs to God because he created it. One commentator wrote, “Love is a reflection of something in the divine nature itself.” Yes, human love is such a reflection, but the very definition of love must be that it was created by and comes to us through the knowledge of God.
For how is love defined apart from God? It cannot. Apart from God there is not love. Surely, there can be physical attraction, but that is not love. Everything mankind knows of love has been revealed from God. Think of how God demonstrated his love in giving his only begotten son to die for us. The Apostle Paul wrote, “But, God demonstrates his own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” (Romans 5:8 NET). How many times have human beings learned the meanings of words by a demonstration? We learn love by the demonstration of Almighty God from whom love descends. John wrote very much the same as Paul in 1 John 4:10, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
It is through God, and only through him, that we come to know what love really is.

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