Not only is God loving, but actually God IS Love...Love is who He is, Love defines Him, Love is His nature, He is Love in a Personal Being! It is such a relief to me that God is Love! God being Love means that God is ALWAYS Love and He is ONLY Love - He just doesn't ever act any other way than Love!
I started thinking about the different verses on love in the Bible, and it helped me so much to think about them in relation to how God treats us:
Love keeps no record of wrongs, so God, being Love, is never keeping track of the wrongs we do! Our sin never enters His mind, for He promised to remember our sins NO MORE! His thoughts concerning us are never about sin but always and only about how good and perfect and righteous and beloved we are.
Love is patient, so God, being Love, will never lose patience with us but will instead endlessly and untiringly teach, help and encourage us, no matter how many times we mess up, and He will consistently support and accept us, even if we never improve, change, get the victory, or 'overcome.'
Love does no harm, so God, being Love, will never harm us! He will never hurt us, and He will never send anything our way that would be damaging, hurtful or painful to us..He will never send sickness, depression, pain or suffering on us!
Love thinks no evil, so God, being Love, never has a bad thought about us, never plans anything negative for us! God's plans for us are only good, and His thoughts about us are only positive!
Love gives up one's life for his friends, and God, being Love, was willing to become a man and die for us even while we were yet sinners! Love reconciles the world to himself. We were calling ourselves God's enemies, but He was calling us His friends and dying for us! He didn't demand that we change, straighten up, or believe right first, He just went ahead and gave up His life for us before we ever made a move in His direction! In fact, we were running from God in many ways, and He chased after us and caught us up in His loving embrace!
Love believes all things, and God, being Love, will never give up on you, never stop supporting you, never stop believing in you! He is your biggest supporter and encourager and will always stick up for you, believe in you, and be proud of you!
Love endures all things, and God, being Love, will endure everything in relationship with you. You can't make Him leave, He will never reject you. You can't drive Him away by anything you do or don't do. You can't fail, doubt or rebel your way out of His arms. He is in this relationship for keeps. He's got you and He's never letting go!
Love never fails, and God, being Love, will never fail you. He will carry you through anything and everything, whether you always trust right, think right or act right OR NOT! His love will hold you. His love will sustain you. His love will be there for you, no matter what, and He will be faithful to carry you all the way home to heaven. You are so safe and secure in this unconditional love. For truly, you can't extinguish or ever get to the end of this infinite Love that is God Himself! He has intertwined Himself with you forever!
Thank You, Papa, for being such Perfect Love!