And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1John 4:16 NIV
God Is Love
One of the first lessons we want to instill in our children or convey to anyone we have an opportunity to influence is that God loves them. We might say things such as, “God is love,” or “God loves you no matter what.”
Yes, God is loving. In fact, He is the epitome of love. Being the Originator of the concept of love naturally causes Him to be the most amazing example of it. However, as we get to know Him, we find out more about the attributes of God that combine to make Him who He is. There is even more to Him than love! For example, how often do we attempt to learn more about His forgiveness, holiness, tenderness, humility, jealousy, and mercy? He is a multi-faceted God who possesses traits that are essential to include when trying to describe Him accurately and authentically.
He Is More Than Just Love
Imagine you were asked to describe the attributes of God, and your portrayal of Him was about to forever become the basis for someone’s understanding of who He is. Would you feel pressure to tell them more than the basics of how deeply He loves us? Not that it is insignificant information, by any means! Clearly, it is crucial to incorporate how incredible His love is into an illustration of God. Without His love, there is no gospel; there is no cross, no resurrection, and no promise of eternal life with Him. But there is even more than love, and sometimes those other supernatural qualities get overlooked.
There is a forgiveness that removes our sin from us forever and ever. There is a holiness that makes Him so far above us that we should be in eternal awe of Him. There is a tenderness that causes Him to earnestly pursue a relationship with each and every one of us. There is a humility that drove Him to offer His Son as a sacrifice to take the place of a sinful world. There is a holy jealousy that calls us to devote our lives to only Him, and a mercy that is new every morning when we fail to put Him first.
In no way is that an exhaustive list of the attributes of God, but starting that list helps us discover how “even more” He is!
Learning More About How He Sees Us
When we learn more about who He is, we learn more about how He sees us. We learn more about all He wants to accomplish through us. We learn how we can become more Christlike, which is the entire purpose of us being here, right? And there is a bonus fact that getting to know Him better generates a desire in us to get to know Him better than that!
When we want to get to know someone, we spend time with them. We cannot get to know God intimately without desiring and delighting in His presence. May we spend more time with Him in prayer (which includes listening) and in reading His Word. If we ask God to reveal Himself to us, He will! If we ask Him to show us His “even more” attributes, He will!
Praise God that He lavishes us with His amazing love. And praise God that He lavishes us with even more!