Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1 Jn 4:7–10; NIV)
Love is such a strange word because it can mean so many different things. I love banana pudding. I don't just like it, I love it. I will eat banana pudding until I'm sick (this has been proven on many occasions). Yet I love my wife in a very different way compared to banana pudding. I love my wife differently than I do my children and them differently than I love my dog. So, how do we define love? The American Heritage Dictionary defines love as an intense affectionate concern for another person.
As Christians shouldn't we have this "intense affectionate concern for others?" We tend to pattern ourselves after people we know, usually a parent or a hero or someone exceptional in our lives. The most magnificent pattern for love is the pattern God laid down. We have to go back to the dictionary definition of "an intense affectionate concern for another person" and change the words, "another person" to "all people." God has an intense affectionate concern for all people. His love for us was so great that he sent his one and only son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. There is no way we could ever ask him to do it, he did it out of love.
God loves us so much that he went the full distance. He did not ask us to meet him half-way, he came all the way to us, and all we have to do is accept the forgiveness he offers. He paid the price and opened the doors to heaven, all we have to do is say thank-you and enter. That's love!