The most beloved verse in all of Scripture, John 3:16, declares from the mouth of Jesus Himself in His conversation with Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, “For God so loved the world…” The greatness of the capacity needed to love the whole world is not something mere man could do; only God who IS Love is capable of such love.
Love comes from the very nature of who God is, for “God is Love” (I John 4:8). Love is not merely an attribute of God… God IS LOVE. Without God there would be no love. Without God there would be no love in this world for others, no love for the downtrodden, no love for the poor, no love for the wounded and weary. GOD IS LOVE.
Because of God’s love for the world He sent His Only Begotten Son to offer the redemption of man to Himself. Although the greatness of His love is for the whole world, His gift of Eternal Life is only given to “Whosoever believeth in Him.” Whereas His love is universal, salvation from sin is not; it is dependent upon each individual’s decision to repent and seek God’s forgiveness from their sin.
Without Christ man is incapable of loving fully. Without Christ love is superficial, man-made, subject to the whims of one’s emotions. With Christ love is pure, gentle, kind, compassionate, enduring and loving throughout all generations (Galatians 5:22-23).