God is love. We say it all the time, but do we really believe it? Maybe we do, but isn’t it true that sometimes we think of God as more of a judge than a lover?
John, the writer of today’s first reading, had no such misconceptions. He clearly knew that as followers of Jesus, we are called to a special, intimate love of God.
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
God sent his only-begotten Son into the world
so that we might have life through him.
In this is love:
not that we have loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
You see, God sets aside what we deserve and instead gives to us everything that he can give. God is love. Live in that love!