Learning About God From Clouds

“Is your love really love? Is my love really love? I think our love isn’t love, unless it’s love ’til the end. Is your god really God? Is my God really God? I think our god isn’t God, if he fits inside our heads.”

These are the lines from an As Cities Burn song called “Clouds.” I have listened to it on occasion for over five years, and it never fails to compel me. I find both “love” and “God” to be words that are often carelessly thrown around. I can think of people I said I loved whom I have not spoken to in years because our relationship has broken or faded away. That’s not love. I remember growing up in Sunday school reading my Bible every day and thinking I could figure out everything about God. That’s not who God is.

1 John 4:8 says “Whoever does not love, does not know God, because God is love.” God is love, and both love and God are eternal. God is infinite and cannot be fully known or comprehended by the human mind. If God is love, is the same true of love? Can it not be comprehended? I don’t know. But here is what I do know about love.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres… And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 13.

–Ben Honken

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