What Does God Look Like?

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” (I John 4:7).

John tells us that love is from God and those who love know God. We are to love one another. What does godly love look like? We are going to go to I Corinthians 13:4-8a and look at the characteristics of love. 

“Love does not act unbecomingly” (I Corinthians 13:5a). The sixth characteristic of love addresses common behavior regarding how we treat people. J. B. Phillips translates it this way, “Love has good manners.”

This manifests in our being polite and showing courtesy. These are little inconsequential things that show respect for others. They are seen in things like holding a door open, greeting a passerby, really listening to what another is saying, watching our language, being tactful in our response rather than rude.

Behaving like Jesus in our dealings with others should cause us to be considerate in taking into account the possible effect of our words and our actions. We as Christians need to be aware just how easily individuals can be hurt. We also must be aware of how we come across with others when talking about Jesus and His word. We can do it lovingly or we can do it rudely.

We like what Jesus said, “Treat people the same way you want them to treat you” (Matthew 7:12b). However, we view that with us being on the receiving end. Love requires us to consider others first. We need to remember to show good manners even in small ways so that love will always be demonstrated.

Song: “The Greatest Commands”

Father, help me to see clearly the effect of my actions and words upon others so I will not hurt people or turn them away from You even in small, everyday actions. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Ed Wittlif, Denver, Colorado