In the first few articles, we’ve discovered that love is the only power which seeks the positive for its own sake, that God couldn’t be devoid of love, and that our desire for love is unconditional, and therefore God’s love is unconditional. But what does it mean if the Creator is Unconditional Love? What does God is Love mean, really?
An unconditionally loving God would not be a detached deity, but would hold precisely the deep interest in us that seemed so implausible. Since we’ve established that God is unconditional love, we can now ask, “What does it mean to love?”
Love desires unity. The world acknowledges that there is pain associated with lovers who are distant from each other. Though physical presence is not necessary to love, there is no denying the immense joy when couples, family, or friends are reunited. This means God would indeed desire to be Emmanuel, “God with us”.
Love desires the good for another. As we discussed in Question 1, “agapē seeks the good of the other”. When we truly love someone, we want what is best for them. Not only does God want the best for us, but, as our Creator, He knows what can truly satisfy our hearts.
Unconditional love requires sacrifice. Parents know this all too well. To care for their children, they devote time, energy, money, etc. They give so much so that their children will be provided for. God loves us unconditionally, therefore He would sacrifice for our well-being.
It may sound shocking to us, especially if we have not had much experience of love, but all this is what we would logically expect from an unconditionally loving God.
If you can accept that a loving God would be Emmanuel, seek the good for us, and sacrifice for us, then move on to the final question.