God’s love for us does not depend in the slightest on our behavior, performance, or ability to do right. God is love, and God is uncomprehendably beyond what you and I understand to be love. To whom will you compare God’s justice? Who can fathom the full severity of His wrath, yet still enjoy the motherly coddling He offers to the downtrodden?
That a completely loving God would want to draw finite, sickly sinners near Himself reveals to me that there is hope. God is near us.
This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God. … God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us. Excerpts from 1 John 4, The Message.