Love of God
The most profound illustration of God’s nature. God loves everyone, but he is especially dedicated to having devoted, self-sacrificing relationships with his people.
God’s nature is love
1 Jn 4:8
Also see 1 Jn 4:16
His love is perfectly expressed within the Trinity
Also see: Jn 5:20; Jn 10:17; Jn 14:23; Eph 1:6; Col 1:13
Characteristics of God’s love
It is eternal
Also see: Ps 103:17; Ps 136:1–26; Is 49:15–16; Is 54:8; Is 54:10
It is a covenant of love
Also see: Ex 20:6; Dt 7:12; 1 Ki 8:23; Ps 106:45; Da 9:4
It is abundant (extravagant)
Also see: Ne 9:17; Ps 103:8; Joe 2:13; Jon 4:2; 1 Jn 3:1
It is holy and just
Also see: Ps 37:28; Ps 99:4; Is 61:8
Images of God’s love
God as a father:
Dt 1:31; Ho 11:1–4; Lk 15:11–32; Heb 12:6; Pr 3:12
God as a husband:
Je 31:32; Ho 2:14–20; Re 21:2
God’s loving actions
The gift of God’s Son is a unique act of love
1 Jn 4:9–10
God sets his love on the unlovely
God always acts in love toward believers
God’s love for his people
God’s love for the world
Dt 10:18; Jn 3:16–17
God’s love for individuals
2 Sa 12:24–25
2 Sa 7:15; Is 55:3
God’s love transforms human love
Human love must respond to God’s love
1 Jn 4:19
Human love must be modeled on God’s love
God is committed to having devoted, selfless relationships with his people, even though he loves everyone.
Give your heart to God today through His Son Jesus Christ!
Say this prayer: Father in heaven, I believe you raised Jesus from the dead.
Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for my sin. Please forgive me of all my sins. Come into my heart and life. I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Please, help me live for you and tell others about you for the rest of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.