In my Bible reading, I am going through 1 John right now. I was impressed today with the matter of practicing the divine love of God, as seen in 3:10 through 4:21. In 4:7 to the end of chapter 4, the practicing of this love is by God as the Supreme Love and the Bountiful Spirit. Verse 8 says the famous words “God is love”. This shows that God’s very essence is love. Verse 12 speaks of God’s love being perfected in us. God’s love is the highest, deepest, supreme love, and needs no perfecting, but in us, this love needs to be perfected and completed in it’s manifestation. If we do not love one another with this love, as God showed to us in the sending of His only begotten Son (v. 9), it is not manifested perfectly and completely. When we love one another with the love of God, we love one another in a habitual way.
Our human love is limited. It runs out eventually. So, how can we love one another with God’s higher, unlimited love? The answer is in verse 13. It is by the Spirit. Our abiding in the Lord to be one with Him and experience Him as the supreme love is all in the realm of the All-inclusive Spirit. Everything God is and has done is transmitted to us through the Spirit. (Acts 2:38, Phil. 1:19, John 3:34, Exodus 30:25). Hallelujah for this Wonderful Spirit! Hallelujah for the wonderful Triune God! Our God truly is love. God is love.