Loveliness is Next to Godliness

God made us in His image. We are made in the image of God. What does it mean to be made in the image of God? An image of something is a likeness of that thing. To be made in the image of God is to be made with His likeness. What is God’s likeness? What is Good like?

God is love. His likeness is the likeness of love. What is love like?

1 Corinthians 13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 

To be a Christian is to be Christ-like. To be Christ-like is to assume that image in which we’ve already been created, but have allowed to become distorted. To unfog that beautiful image, we must have a reference by which we can compare our current image to that perfect image of love.

To be a Christian is to be Christ-like. To be Christ-like is to be Godly. To be Godly is to be love. To become love, we must first become love-like. How do we become love-like?

Simple: be patient, kind, selfless, forgiving, and all other characteristics of love as personified by Jesus, himself.

Simple, but not easy.

Matthew 22:36-40 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

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