Have you ever listened to a sermon at church, scrolled through social media or been amid a conversation and caught wind of the expression “God is love?”
Maybe this expression is new to you or perhaps you’ve heard this countless times. Whatever the case may be, the bible has taught us that God not only loves us, but that God is love. You see, “God is love” isn’t a clever catchphrase. “God is love” is a direct quote from the bible! In fact, John 4:7-9 states: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”
But what does this mean exactly, that “God is love?”
“God is love” encompasses so many layers of love that it’s difficult to fully comprehend from an earthly perspective. However, to understand the foundation of His being, we must first and foremost understand that love is the very essence of God’s nature and His plans for us. God not only gives love, but He is the source of love. Not only is He the source of love, but it is because of His love that we are able to love others. God is the spring into which love flows.
Even better, God’s love is not contingent on anything we do or do not do, say, and do not say. He deems us deserving no matter what. He doesn’t love us because we’re funny or kind, and He doesn’t love us based on status, wealth or talent. God’s love is perfect, and He extends His love to everyone. He also extends free will to our lives, so it’s up to us whether we want to accept and experience His perfect love or shun His invitation.
Personally speaking, that’s an invitation I’ve accepted with a quickness! I want a seat at His table, and I thank Him for loving me and all my imperfections.
As flawed humans and perpetual sinners, our love is conditional, our love is fleeting and our love is based on emotions that can change based on circumstances and time. Whether “falling out of love” with your partner or no longer having love for a friend, feelings change, so to question whether “God is love” isn’t too outlandish because the depths of His love is hard for us to comprehend, yet we must realize that God’s love transcends all circumstances and time. His supply is limitless, and He will never exhaust from loving each and every one of us.
I don’t know about you, but I become emotionally drained rather easy, whether from constant interaction at work or lack of sleep with my little ones at home. This mama gets tired, but to think God’s love is perfect and never-ending brings joy to my heart that only He could understand. His everlasting love leaves me speechless. “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness” (Jeremiah 31:3).
People often say that actions speak louder than words. Well, God demonstrated His love for us by giving the gift of His Son. He loves us so much that He gave us His only begotten Son (John 3:16) to restore our relationships and shower us with agape love. He gave us a priceless gift, and all we must do is accept this precious gift.
Thank you, heavenly Father, for you are love!