It is staggering that God should love sinners; yet it is true. God loves creatures who have become unlovely and (one would have thought) unlovable … love among men is awakened by something in the beloved, but the love of God is free, spontaneous, unevoked, uncaused. God loves men because He has chosen to love them. — J.I. Packer,
God is enormous. There is more to God than we could ever hope to understand on this earth. Fortunately, out of His incredibly vast self, He chose to reveal the most important and most accessible parts about Himself to us. And there’s one trait He’s
revealed that’s the most incredible of them all.
… abounding in love … maintaining love to thousands … (Exodus 34:6-7)
He is loving.
This attribute of God is at the core of all we seek—the answer to all the questions we ask about knowing about Him, knowing Him, and making Him known:
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. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1
Deep inside each and every one of us is the desire to be loved. And while we might find love in limited measure from things the world offers us, the true love we seek can only be found in God, because He is the love that we seek.
O God, I can’t possibly thank You enough for what You’ve done for me! Your love is endless and unconditional. Make that love apparent in my life as I interact with others. Before Your love, I was lost, but now I’m found! Live through me in such a way that Your love brings others to Yourself! Amen.
Taken from Pete’s 365-day devotional book Experiencing LIFE Today.