“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 John 4:8, KJV).
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him” (1 John 4:16, KJV).
The Apostle John is very clear about the fact that “God is love.” This means that God desires the utmost benevolence for the objects of His creation. He told Israel, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you… thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11). Even though Israel was in captivity at the time of this proclamation, He gave them the assurance of His love and that He was seeking His perfect will for them. The fact that God is love also means He goes to great lengths to show His love for all mankind. We read in Romans 5:8, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God showed His love toward us. While we are in a depraved sinful state, He sent His Son to die on a cross in our behalf.
Love is not part of Who God is but resides throughout His entire Being. He is not more loving on one day and less loving on another. He is love at all times. Tucked away within the pages of the Our Daily Bread devotional, there is a wonderful piece about God’s love entitled, ‘Winds of Love‘:
A farmer had a weather vane on his barn, on which was written “God is love.”
When friends asked why, the farmer said, “This is to remind me that no matter
which way the wind blows, God is love.”
When the warm “south wind” with its soothing, balmy breezes brings showers
of blessing, God is love…
When the cold “north wind” of trial and testing sweeps down upon you, God is
When the “west wind” blows hard upon you with its punishing intent, God is
When the “east wind” threatens to sweep away all that you have, God is love.
To My Loving Father: It is so comforting to know that – no matter which way the winds of life are blowing – You are love. I have the blessed assurance that You always seek the best for my life – whether blessing me for being obedient or chastising me for disobedience. Father, as I meditate on Your love, let me totally submit my life to You. Amen.
~Dr. William R. Glaze
 Richard De Haan, “Winds of Love,” Our Daily Bread (April 20, 2006).