God is love. One of the most profound truths of the Bible is captured in these three words. God’s being is love, and love is the true motive behind everything that God does.
What is God’s love?
God’s love is primarily an act of will. His love always tries to preserve the best interests of the other – regardless of whether it looks good at the moment or bad.
His love is unconditional and does not depend on his daily mood – or on what the other is doing or not doing.
God loves the biggest wrongdoer just as much as the holiest person.
We are not able to earn his love through anything. Not by praying, by going to church, nor by good deeds. God loves us regardless.
But that doesn’t mean that there are no consequences when we do wrong.
It only means that we can do nothing to influence God’s love. Not even a little bit.
In the letter to the Corinthians in the Bible, love (charity) is described as follows: “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in inequity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth.”
Human love is not like God’s love. He who has not been born again – has not accepted God into his life – cannot love with God’s love.
We cannot give what we do not have.
When God decided to prove his love using Jesus in order to save us, it was an act of his will.
He did this despite his feelings, and he did not enjoy the sight of Jesus as he hung on the cross in terrible spiritual and physical agony.
God used his will to show the world his love.
And when Jesus became man and sacrificed himself for us, he made the greatest demonstration of God’s love that the world has ever seen.
This was a decision that came from his will and went completely against his feelings.
Jesus knew what his sacrifice would bring:
He knew that in the end he would experience such great joy that it would outweigh all his suffering.
God’s love never fails