“Take your human feelings, multiply them exponentially into infinity, and you will have a hint of the love of God revealed by and in Jesus Christ. With a strong affirmation of our goodness and a gentle understanding of our weakness, God is loving us – you and me – this very moment, just as we are and not as we should be. There is nothing any of us can do to increase his love for us and nothing we can do to diminish it” (Brennan Manning).
Ultimately, love is not a feeling. Love is a choice. Love is an act of the will. Love is God so loving the world that He gave His one and only Son. Love is not that we loved God, but that God loved us and sent His Son as the atoning sacrifice for us.
Love is Jesus stretched out on a cross of torture, put there not by the Jews or the Romans or our sins but by His own choice to lay down His life for us in our place. Jesus Himself said that no one takes His life from Him but He lays down His own life of His own accord.
Love is God loving us when we were unloveable sinners and strangers from God and enemies to God. God loving us makes us lovable and capable of truly loving others. Love is when we lay down our lives for the sake of our brothers and sisters in Christ.