Love is the Answer

If you want the most interesting job in the church, teach 5th grade Sunday School. 5th graders are smart enough to think of the tough questions, and are not yet ashamed to ask. If you are lucky enough to be in that position and get stuck with a really tough Theological question, I suggest love might be the answer.

Before you begin, I will warn you. These answers will mean much more to you now that you are older than a 5th grader. They will give you more comfort every year of your life. So read them with the inquisitive mind of a kid, and the needy heart of an adult.

1. Why is God a Trinity?

1 John 4:8 teaches God is love. Love by definition must not be selfish, self-centered or self-aggrandizing. For God to be love, he must have someone to love. From all eternity he must have been in relationship. At the core of his being, he always has been and will always be Father, Son and Spirit perfectly loving each other and enjoying each other’s love. (John 17:5, 21-24)

2. Well, if God has always been perfectly content, why did he create us? I thought he was lonely.

No, God was never lonely. He has no needs that we fulfill for him. But he loves, and love is always fruitful. When a husband and wife have a great marriage, why do they want to have children? Are they lonely? No, but wherever love flourishes fruit abounds. Something in the properties of love makes those who have it want to share it with others. God wanted to share his love, so he loved us into existence so he could lavish it upon us.

3. Why does God put up with sinful people? It would be easier to wipe us out and create perfect people.

God does not love perfect people. He loves us. Before he created the world, he loved his people (Ephesians 1:4). Our sin is not strong enough to separate us from his love. He did not wait until we made ourselves loveable. His love saved us and is making us look like his son. (Romans 5:8)

4. Why have I been saved by faith? Not everyone believes, why do I? Am I better than those who don’t believe?

We believe because God has loved us, and made us alive. We were once dead to everything divine, and we had no desire for truth or righteousness. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead in our sins, made us alive together with Christ. By grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:4-5)

5. How do I know God won’t get tired of me, and stop forgiving me?

You did not begin this relationship, and you do not have the ability to end it. God has lavished his love on you, adopting you into his family (1 John 3:1). Once you have been adopted, you cannot be disowned. God tells us nothing, not even sin, can separate us from his love for us in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:32 ff.)

So you see, as schmaltzy as it may sound. When the question addresses the nature of God or the motive behind his actions. Love is the answer.