Someone has said that love is a verb. That may be true, but before it was a verb, it was an attribute of God. According to 1 John 4:8, God is love. He is the source of love and love is the distinguishing mark of all that He does (1 John 4:7). God's love is the divine attribute that helps us to keep many of the other attributes of God in perspective.
God's moral attributes of goodness and holiness, for example, would create an impenetrable barrier for us if it were not for the attribute of love. God's goodness and holiness reflected in divine justice. God's justice, however, has been tempered by the fact that He is love. Love motivated God to send His son as a sacrifice for our sin (Eph. 2:4). He is repeatedly described as God of "unfailing" love (Ps. 6:4; 13:5, 21:7). Our experience of God's love motivates us to show love to others.
God's love is not shallow sentimentalism. It is an attribute in harmony with all His other attributes. It is active and shows itself in the way that God deals with those He has created. It is His love that causes the sun to shine and the rain to fall (Matt. 5:43-35).Why Theology Matters