God is agape love. The nature of agape love is that it doesn’t love to get. It simply loves. It isn’t selfishly looking to receive, but is firmly and legitimately centered on another. Agape pours out love to another, and the joy is not in getting something in return, but simply in the act of the out-pouring, the giving of self for the benefit of another. This is the definition of God, for God is love.
In the following 4-minute reflection on the love of God, I’d like to share with you the insights God has given me about His love since becoming a father 2 weeks ago. My son, Levi, cannot yet even hold eye contact with me. I get nothing from him at this point. But, aside from my wife Cami, there’s no person I love more. How much more, then, God must love with his infinite love. Sure, the analogy, like any, has its limits, but for what it’s worth..
UPDATE: Can’t believe I didn’t think of this when I posted, but Levi does give something back. He periodically works really hard to produce a wonderful gift in his pants. Upon receiving it, I say… “Gee, thanks.” It has been said that to God our righteousness is “filthy rags” (Is 64:6). But the lesson is this: he loves us anyway.
Also, I was discussing this with a friend yesterday, and he said, “well at least Levi is cute, God looks at our degraded bodies, a far cry from the perfection of Eden, and, we’ll we’re not that cute.” Good point!