We’ve all heard the joke, “How do you eat an elephant?” Answer: “One bite at a time.” Even though we are all familiar with this saying, how often do we actually apply it to our lives? Let’s look into God’s Word with this elephant theory in mind.
We all know how BIG God is. In Isaiah 66:1 it says, “The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool…” God is gigantic! There are many adjectives that we can use to describe God, however, there is one word that pretty much describes Him the best.
1 John 4:7-8 (NLT)
7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
God is Love. Anytime you encounter God, you encounter His Love. They are one in the same. If God is Love, what is Love?
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 AMP
4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].
Love is a BIG thing! The Love of God is enormous in power and in its influence. John 3:16 tells us that God’s Love was the very reason why Jesus was sent to save us. God’s Love being so BIG and so powerful, every Christian should be aware of what it is and how it can be used. Just like the story of “how to eat an elephant”, God’s Love has so many attributes that it is nearly impossible to do all of them at once.
As a matter of fact, most Christians never attempt to master God’s Love because they have tried to eat the whole elephant at once, only to find out that it is very hard to do that way. The best way to attempt God’s Love is a bite at a time. We know according to 1 John 4:7-8 that God is Love. Genesis 1:26 says that we are made in the image of God. So really, you could replace the word “love” in 1 Corinthians 13 with “I”, making it personal.
20 Characteristics of a person with the Love of God:
- Not Envious
- Not Jealous
- Not Boastful
- Not Vainglorious
- Not Haughty
- Not Conceited
- Not Rude
- Not Unbecoming
- Not Self-Seeking
- Not Touchy
- Not Fretful
- Not Resentful
- Takes No Account of Evil
- Rejoices In The Truth
- Bears Up Under Anything
- Believes The Best Of Every Person
- Never Fails
Determine everyday to look over 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and pick one thing to do that whole day. You may even spend one whole month on one attribute until you finally swallow and digest it. After that, move onto another bite of the elephant size Love. It is too BIG to do all at once, but once you have eaten every piece of the Love elephant, you will have mastered the Love of God, and will begin to see God-size results in your life!