One of our favorite sayings at Grace Life Fellowship is
"Do not ever read the Bible casually"
Every word needs to be devoured and understood...
Case in point...
I John 4 - "God IS love."
Focus on the word "IS". Note that John did not say "God HAS love." If he had said "God has love" then there is the realm of possibility that at some moment God may not have love and that would put us all into very deep trouble.
Enter into the reality of what John did say regarding the "is-ness" of God, the aspect of God that just "IS" and therefore must always be, and can never be changed! God IS love.
That means that He loves us not because of us, but because of Himself. HE LOVES! Isn't that glorious?
It means that God loves us NOT because of what we do or don't do,
but because of Who He is.
It means that we cannot make Him love us, by doing good things.
It means that we cannot make Him stop loving us, by doing bad things!
He loves us because of Who he IS! Period!
This love is so very foreign to everything we experience in this world, we can only begin to understand it now. It will take at least till the next world for us to grasp this love more fully - and even then, I am sure that we will be learning of this love for all eternity!!!