I was reading a blog last night, an excellent discussion on the concept of the Trinity looking at ways we try to explain it and the problems that arise from that explanation when we try to capture God in human understanding. There was a quote at the end that I just loved.
Lest you become discouraged, know that when you love, you know more about who God is than you could ever know with your intellect.
Saint Augustine of Hippo
I think this can be taken as encouragement for more than just theological study. In every aspect of life when we love we learn more about God, emulate Him better than with the deepest study or most eloquent words. I’m not saying don’t read, don’t study, don’t talk but the adage “actions speak louder than words’ is well known for a reason. If we sit on the sidelines saying ‘love you’ and never lift a finger to help someone then what use are our words? Jesus said if we love Him we will do what He commands. Love is an active verb despite the way we bounce it around on everything from a TV show to haircuts.
God is defined as love a love we can only understand by experiencing what He has done for us in Salvation and in His care for our lives.
The Eternal will bless those who worship and stand in awe of Him,
from the least to the greatest.
Because he clings to Me in love,
I will rescue him from harm;
I will set him above danger.
Because he has known Me by name,
16 We have experienced and we have entrusted our lives to the love of God in us.
God is love. Anyone who lives faithfully in love also lives faithfully in God, and God lives in him.
I always read 1 John with a sense of awe at how passionate, how intimate John is with God. How well he knows what it means to be loved by and to love Him. That’s how our lives should be packed down with, bubbling over with that unable-to-contain it love from God and for God and because of that – because when you love there’s just a joy a delight you can’t contain – love is overflowing to everyone around us regardless of who they are.
Augustine was right, we might never understand the complexities of the mysteries (clue right there in that word) of God but we can grow to know God by experiencing His love and letting Him transform us through it.