“God is love. This is how the love of God is revealed to us: God has sent his only Son into the world so that we can live through him. This is love: it is not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as the sacrifice that deals with our sins… We love because God first loved us” (1 John 4:9-10,19 CEB).
God’s absolute nature is love. So, God is love in action!
But, for love’s action to be complete, it requires not only the giving of it but also the receiving and returning of it.
If God just emanated love, He would merely be a spectator of His creation, a cosmic stalker, of sorts, of the beings He created for love!
But, since God is love in action, He gave love in a way that human beings can receive it and return it. God put His love into action and became human so that we can enter into an eternal love relationship with Him. God came down to us to bring us up to Him!
And, love, especially God’s love, is irresistible. We didn’t love God and so he loves us back. Rather, God loved us and sent His Son. So, we love God because God loved us first!
But, love, God’s love, is incomplete unless it’s reciprocated, unless it’s returned. So, God is desperately seeking humans to love Him back. To have fellowship with Him. To enter into a love-relationship with Him.
All we need to do is believe that God sent His Son, Jesus, to reconcile our collective selves, our individual self, to Him: “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born from God” (1 John 5:1).
“This is how we know we remain in him and he remains in us, because he has given us a measure of his Spirit…If any of us confess that Jesus is God’s Son, God remains in us and we remain in God. We have known and have believed the love that God has for us. (1 John 4:13, 15-16, CEB).