Of all the qualities that set our God apart from all others, His love manifested through mercy and forgiveness is perhaps the greatest. Although our God is a jealous God and in His due time His wrath will be poured out on this world, that which makes Him a God to be adored and obeyed is His all encompassing love which defines who He really is.
Yes, we should respect God for He is awesome and mighty, but we are to draw near unto Him as the Father that He is. Those who live in constant dread of sinning and being punished or stripped of all God has given live in a state of bondage best described as hell on earth. There is no fear in love but perfect love casts out all fear 1 John tells us. This is why we humbly bow down in awe of God but not cower in fear of His impending judgment and condemnation.
I firmly believe with every fiber of my heart that the most important thing in life is to keep our love for God strong, deep, fervent, and tender. Those who allow themselves to become distant from God have allowed their heart to become distracted and their love for God cold and distant. When living life becomes more important than loving God; we have succeeded in failing to be and do what God put us here for.
Whatever we love we want more of. Whatever we love we can’t get enough of. Whatever we love we give our heart, time and devotion to. Whatever we love the most gets the best we have to offer and the most that we have to give. This is why the first and greatest commandment is to love God with ALL of our heart, soul, mind and strength.
God is love and God loved us enough to give His only begotten Son so that we might have eternal life. God is love and God loves us with all of His heart. God is wholly devoted to helping and protecting us. God loves us enough to forgive us time and time again. God loves us enough to cast our sins as far as the east is from the west and remember them no more.
Why do we have such a problem loving a God who loves us so much? Why do we walk away from such amazing love and squander our lives in pursuit of earthly treasures and pleasures? Why do we insist on refusing to believe Almighty God loves us no matter what we have done and stands there waiting with outstretched arms to welcome us back when we stray?
Love can melt the hardest heart and can heal a broken and destroyed life. The love of God transforms mean and ugly people into beautiful and giving saints. I pray that no matter how difficult this life gets or how messed up we allow ourselves to become, that we never forget the overwhelming love of God. People will desert us, our strength will fail us and we will at times fail God. But, always remember that God will never cease loving us and His love never fails.