God is love. This is his very essence. And if there are three persons in the Godhead –Father, Son and Holy Spirit—this means love is the essence of all three. So here are three awesome ways God loves us according to the three persons in the Trinity.
God the Father – he runs to us.
In the parable of The Prodigal Son, we read that the father, upon the return of the wayward son, ran to greet him.
So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. -Luke 15:20
This is a picture of the love of God. God is not an aloof God who is sitting in the far reaches of heaven waiting for mankind to fall all over themselves to try to reach him. He is a God wanting to run to us, throw his arms around us and kiss us. If only we would let him. And we can by following what the wayward son did. He made up his mind to return to the father with humility and repentance.
When we run to God, we will discover that he was running towards us all along. His love is that awesome!
God the Son – he prays for us.
In the Book of Hebrews, Jesus is spoken of as the Great High Priest and he has taken as one of his duties to pray for us.
Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. -Hebrews 7:25
If love is the essence of God the Son, then the prayers of Jesus can only be pure, sincere and full of compassion, not expecting anything from us in return. It is the kind of prayer that will be answered by God the Father. To appropriate the answers of the prayers of Jesus, we have to abide in him in submission of our lives to him. To trust in him is to bask in his awesome love for us.
God the Holy Spirit – he moves in us.
The Holy Spirit dwells in us.
That good thing which was committed to you, keep by the Holy Spirit who dwells in us. -2 Timothy 1:14 (NKJV)
And the Holy Spirit produces the fruit of love (see Galatians 5:22). This means we have the ability to love the way God loves. We have the ability to forgive the way God forgives (see my previous post). Thus, we have the power to dispel hate in this world by the love of God that is within us. The awesome love of God is universal and can touch the life of anyone.
We should not allow ourselves to love any less.