God’s love is passionate
God’s love is never half-hearted or compromised by weak or questionable motives. All expressions of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are a perfectly synchronised outpouring of His holy character. God’s passionate nature runs red hot with affection for His people. Yahweh is not capable of stoic, dry, or lifeless emotion. Lukewarm affection is never on His agenda. Redemption and forgiveness according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight (Ephesians 1:7-8) gives evidence that His love is a lavish love.
Paul prayed that believers, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend… the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge… (Ephesians 3:17-19). This is to be the lifelong exploration of every Christian, searching out the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:7) which fuels our worship.
David told Gad that the Lord’s mercy is great (2 Samuel 24:14), so great, that Paul says God is rich in mercy (Eph. 2:4). God is wealthy beyond compare with loving mercy. It can never get outspent, there is more than enough for every sinner who comes to Him in faith. Nehemiah spoke the same sentiment, you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love (Nehemiah 9:17). The love of God is a sacrificial love that gives at great personal cost, for God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3: 16).
The Lord is full of compassion (James 5: 11), and His steadfast love never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23). God’s love never tires, nor does He hide or mask Himself from His people. Access to His heart is always wide open.
In Jeremiah 32:41, the Lord says of His people, I will rejoice in doing them good… with all my heart and all my soul. The Lord your God… He will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing (Zephaniah 3:17). God’s love celebrates His children, I will… be glad in My people (Isaiah 65:19). God does NOT simply tolerate us; He celebrates us in His Son Jesus Christ.
Take note of God’s kindness to you (Romans 11:22). When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, He saved us… according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4-5). There is nothing timid, weak, or indecisive about our God. He consistently implements His love into our lives fully and without restraint, keeping us pure in His sight despite our many stumblings. He is never distant or detached from His people, but proactive and assertive with His undetachable love. Even when we are faithless, He remains faithful (2 Timothy 2:13).
Moses proclaimed that the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14). His love is possessive and protective over all those He attaches His affection to. God will never love someone only to later change His mind or withdraw His affection. Once loved by God, that believer is forever loved by Him. We are forever immersed in Christ, in the strongest and most passionate relationship imaginable. Knowing this, lets us unitedly do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).