What God Looks Like

Have you ever wondered what God looks like?

Has a child ever asked you to describe God's appearance, or where he or she might find Him?

How do you go about answering this question?

Read: 1 John 4:12: "No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in us and God's love is made complete in us."
Story: Reflecting on this verse, Christopher Wright (Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit) offers the following:

"It seems that God is implying that our love for one another makes visible the love of God - which is another way of saying that God himself is seen, since God is love. When Christians love each other, in practical, sacrificial, costly, barrier-dissolving ways, then the love of God (or rather, the God who is love) can be seen. The world should be able to look at Christians and how they live together and love together and see something of the reality of God being demonstrated. The invisible God makes himself visible in the love that Christians have for one another."

In summary, God looks like love in action.

Evidence of this love is a marker of Christian maturity. Wright says,

"But how can you know you've got the life that God gives? When you see the evidence of the love that God produces in your life. 'We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death.' (1John 3:14) […] Our eternal life is received by faith and demonstrated by love."

Therefore, he concludes, "Christian love is a matter of life and death. It's as serious as that. It's what proves you have passed from one to the other."

Prayer: Oh God,  In a world that desperately needs to see, feel and touch You, remind us that we are Your body.  Help us to demonstrate Your love so that others may know what You look like.

by Jackie Wolting