Today’s ‘Olelo Hawai’i word is the name for our Judeo Christian God, Akua. Akua can, of course, refer to any number of gods. Likewise, our English word “god” can refer to many different understandings or belief system. But here in Hawaiʻi, when we capitalize it here like this, Akua, it is understood that we are referring to the one, true God. The Bible is full of many different names for God. El Shaddai, Elohim, Jehovah, Adonai are just a few of them. Of course, Yeshua (the true Hebrew name of Jesus) is my favorite name to use when I think of God. I have to say though, I really love this name of Akua as well.
Whoever does not love does not know God,
because God is love. ~ 1 John 4:8
Aloha Ke Akua
One of the first phrases I learned here was “Aloha ke Akua” which means “God is love.” Of course, this is a supremely powerful idea and one I want to challenge you to prayerfully meditate on today. What does that mean to you that “Aloha ke Akua?” The Apostle John was, arguably, Jesus’ best friend on earth. No one has more insight into the core nature and character of God the Father) than Jesus did and John hung out with Jesus a lot.
John says, if you do not love others, then you cannot possibly know God since love is the very core nature of God’s character. So, let me ask you, do you realize just how much God loves you today? He loves you so much He sent Jesus, His only begotten Son, to die for you even when you set yourself up against Him as an enemy? That is some pretty amazing love!
God Really Does Love You!
As a pastor I often see people struggle with this idea that they are lovable. Many people really doubt that God loves them. People come to church filled with shame, guilt, regrets. People worry “Greg, if you really knew who I am and everything I’ve done, you wouldn’t love me.” My answer is simple: “If you really knew who I am and everything I’ve done, you wouldn’t be worried. Plus, God already knows exactly who you are, what you think and everything you’ve done and He chooses to love you. You are worthy of being loved! You are a lovable person!
Regardless of what you have come to believe about Akua in your own life experience, regardless of what you have been taught, the Akua I know, when He thinks of you, overflowing love bursts from His heart and a giant smile overwhelmed His face! Why? Because Aloha ke Akua! (God IS love!)
I’ll give everything I’ve got to help you become
everything that God has called and created you to be!
Aloha! (I share my life’s breath with you!)
~~ Pastor G ~~