The essential nature of God is love. It is all-embracing love, since God desires that all should be saved (1 Timothy 2:4). It is unmerited love, in that while we were still sinners Christ dies for us (Romans 5:8,10). It is sacrificial love, marked by God giving us his Son and even making him to be sin for us (John 3:16; 2 Cor 5:21). It is merciful love, since God longs to wash away our sins; he does not keep his anger forever (Ephesians 2:4; Psalm 103:8-10). It is conquering love, enabling us to overcome the trials and temptations that God in his wisdom allows us to experience for growth into full maturity (Romans 8:37). It is inseparable love, which nothing can ever break – neither depression, disease, demonic forces, nor death itself (Romans 8:38,39). It is chastening love, since this too is necessary for our ‘highest good’ (Hebrews 12:8). It is everlasting love as the Scriptures remind us some 180 times. It is also jealous love, in that God expects the total devotion of our lives to him who has given himself unreservedly to us (Exodus 20:5).

David Watson