LIVING IN GOD'S LOVE!
One of the most vivid characteristics of God is that he is a God of love. The Psalmist was descriptive in recording the love-nature of God. He stated that he was "full of faithful love" (Psalm 103:8), "For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His faithful love toward those who fear Him" (Psalm 103:11), and "But from eternity to eternity the LORD's faithful love is toward those who fear Him" (Psalm 103:17).
God is love, it’s impossible to try and describe who God is without the aspect and character of His perfect. But the point is not simply that God "loves," but that he is love itself. Love is not merely one of his attributes, but his very nature. The Scriptures say, "And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him" (1 John 4:16).
To say that God is love, is not to imply that love is God. All love is not the same, Not all love lasts forever like God’s love. My love is imperfect, it can fail, human live even at its best ebbs and flows. God is love means that God wants the very best for you. God has your best interest in mind. God will not fail you. He wants to give you good gifts and provide you with "all his benefits" (Psalm 103:2, NIV).
A. God's love is all consuming
God's love touches every part of our life. Nothing - no calling or circumstance, no adversity or advancement, no pain or promotion, no status or station - escapes the brush strokes of God's love. God's love bleeds into every fabric and fibre of our lives.
B. God's love is personal
The Bible cuts through all the philosophical abstractions and declares that God is a Person. As a personal being God is capable of loving and being loved. And as a personal being he loves each one of us intensely personally. God's love is not simply for mankind as a mass of humanity - God really loves individuals. You are a person of worth. You are valuable to him. When God says I love you, he is saying that you matter to him.
C. God's love is beyond comprehension (vv. 13-14)
Amazing, isn't it? God knows me and still loves me. God knows that I am a sinner, yet he forgives; when I’m he heals; when I’m trapped He sets me free; even when I am ungrateful for his goodness He still gives me good things; and when I deserve justice, He grants me mercy. It is beyond comprehension.
If you want to get to the depths of what it means to love and be loved, look to the cross of Christ, because there God's love came to mankind. The cross is the ultimate expression of God's incomprehensible love to mankind. The cross is God's way of saying, "I love you this much," with his arms outstretched. God's final words to us are etched on a Roman cross. They are blood red. They scream to be heard. They say, "I love you."