God didn’t invent love. He is love.
He is eternal, and never had a beginning, so that means that love never had a beginning.
Before we existed as objects of love, He existed as THE object of love. Blazing alone, fully sufficient and in need of nothing.
This makes Ephesians 1 even more stunning. Not just that God loves us… but that He even thought to MAKE us! In our gratefulness for His love we often forget to be amazed that He even thought of us in the first place. It is this inexplicable decision, more than any other thing, that proves our God is love at His very core.
One of my spiritual fathers, Dale Gentry, says that “relationship is spelled T.I.M.E.” That is true. And if that is true then is stands to reason that “love is spelled R.E.L.A.T.I.O.N.S.H.I.P.” Love always wants an object to lavish it’s goodness upon. The thing is, He already had thatrelationship of love in and of Himself. C.S. Lewis called it the “dance of the trinity”. It was a party that didn’t need to send any invites.
So the greatest gesture of God’s love was not Him saving us at the Cross. The greatest gesture of His love happened in the recesses of eternity past when He had His first thought of us. The most significant moment in human history was when the all-sufficient one decided there should be a human history. He purposed in His heart to invent objects upon which to shower His goodness. That is truly stunning. And it makes the rescue mission that was the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus even more amazing. Just too good to imagine.
Have you ever tried to get a gift for the person who “has everything”? It’s hard isn’t it? You’re trying to find something that they would want but don’t already have.
God gave himself the gift of the human race.
The God who needed nothing, wanted you.
Isn’t that wonderful?