What are God’s attributes? When we talk about the attributes of God, we are trying to answer questions like, Who is God, what is God like, and what kind of God is He? An attribute of God is something true about Him. Each Friday we will look at the attributes of God. This week, God is love.
“Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love really is.” – Ephesians 3:17-18.
It is important to study and know God’s attributes so we can grow closer to Him. How we view God impacts everything. So when we understand and embrace who God is, it gives us a firm foundation for our faith.
God Is Love. God is the source of all love. Love permeates all of His attributes. God’s love is unconditional. It is not based on how good you are or what you do to please Him. He loves you because He is God and you are His creation. God’s love never fails. The psalmist proclaims, “The LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever” (Psalm 100:5) God doesn’t love us because we are loveable or worthy but because He is love. When you believe it and receive it, His love transforms your life.
John says this in 1 John 10: “This is real love — not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins” Jesus gave His life on your behalf. He could not have sacrificed anymore. We, in turn, are to love God wholeheartedly. Jesus declared: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37- 38) God, in His sovereignty, has created us to find our greatest joy and fulfillment in loving Him. God also enables us to be examples of His love.
When you fully understand the love of God – you will be loved as you’ve never felt before. It will change the way you think and act. Remember God’s promise to you – nothing can ever separate us from His love. “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
If there is ever a moment you are feeling unloved or questioning or doubting God’s love for you – look to the cross. God’s love pursues us, heals us, frees us, sacrifices for us, and makes us whole.
- How often do you try to grasp the love of God?
- What is your definition of unconditional love?
- In which ways can you show love to the people around you?