Every human being is created with the capacity to love and to be loved. Love is a human virtue. This is because every human being is made in the image of God and the Bible tells us that God is love (1 John 4:8, 16). The very nature of God’s being and God’s essence is love. Although someone may have told you that they love you or that they are in love with you, no one can say that they are love. Only God Himself is love.
Where there is love, there must also be the object of that love. The Bible shows us that God is love, and also shows us that God loves the world (John 3:16). God is love and He cannot help but love man. Human love may change. One moment we love, and the next moment we hate, even when we do not want to. But with God, there is no change. God’s love never grows cold. God loves man no matter how much we reject Him, test Him, or deny Him. God is still love.
And this is not all. Not only has God loved us, but He has also sent forth His love (1 John 4:9-10). If there is love, it must be expressed. The book of Romans in the Bible tells us that “God commends His own love to us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). We are sinners who need to be saved, and we cannot save ourselves. But God loved us. Because God is love and because man has sinned, God put all our sins upon Christ and dealt with our problem of sin. When we see Christ’s death on the cross, we see the expression of God’s love in a very sweet way.
God’s desire is that we would respond to His love by loving Him in return. God loved us first (1 John 4:19) and today He wants to touch our heart with His heart (Hosea 11:4). The heart is very special. It does not respond to thinking, it must be touched by love. Although it seems like our heart always loves something other than God, when we read the Bible we realise that God wants our heart and our love, and has done everything necessary in order to reach us with His love.
To turn your heart to God and to receive Him as love, just pray this simple prayer:
Lord Jesus, thank You for reaching me with Your love.
I believe You died for me on the cross and rose again to be my life.
Come into me. I give You my heart and I give You my love.