Is there anyone to whom God has ever said
“Obey me perfectly, love me and your neighbor completely, give of yourself utterly and I promise you that I will crush you, kill you, despise you, cut you off, and cast you out.”
There is only one in all history to whom God ever offered such an unthinkably unfair deal: Jesus, His Son.
Why do such an unthinkable thing? Why allow the precious and perfect Son of Heaven to be treated as filthy rags? It was the price necessary to teach us that “God is love.”
The saying “God is love” is thrown around as if it were an self-evident or obvious truth and yet God paid that unimaginable cost to to teach us what it means that “God is love.” If you do not find grace amazing, unimaginable, unfathomable, awe-inspiring, mind-boggling, logic-defying, reason-beggaring, and if you think that “God is love” is a perfectly obvious statement then it is very likely that you do not yet comprehend either God’s grace or God’s love.
It is a worthy endeavor to spend one’s entire life pondering what it means that “God is Love.” It is perhaps the most profound statement in all of Scripture.
Let us be ever so careful to never think that because God’s grace is freely given that it is cheaply gotten.
“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:7,8
In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Finally ponder this: the Bible’s statement that “God is love” does not primarly describe what God is like, but instead primarily defines what love is like.
Only when that is understood can practical passages like this be properly grasped:
“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her” Ephesians 5:25