FOR GOD SO LOVED
When I think of God's love I know I fail miserably to know even a small measure. His love is so great, so far beyond what we can comprehend! "For God so loved. . .". The word "so" meaning: to a great degree; very much, or extremely. For God loved to a great degree; God loved very much; God loved extremely. And I'm sure these words are still inadequate to describe how very much God loves us.
Our own understanding of love is in the natural realm. We can understand the love of a mother, who would fight fiercely for the safety of her children. She will do anything to protect them. A mother will go to great measures to nurture her children and even sacrifice her own needs and comforts so that her children can have the very best. We understand this kind of love.
But the love of God is higher. His intentions toward us are good. The very best. He wants the very best for us and desires to bring all good things to pass in our lives. The word "love" means: unselfish, loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another. This describes God a little better. He is unselfish. His concern is toward us and our well being, not what we can do for Him. He's not looking for something in return. He is loyal. He is faithful and offers us complete and constant support. He is that friend that sticks closer than a brother. He is benevolent. He is kind; generous and disposed to doing good. When He gives a promise to us He will keep it. There is no chance that "something will come up" to keep it from coming to pass. This describes our loving heavenly Father.
"For God so loved that he gave. . . He gave that one and only Son of His! He allowed his very own Son to be beaten, tortured, and crucified! As human beings we would do everything in our power to prevent this from happening to one of our children! But God's plans and purposes are higher! It's not that he didn't care! He cared that much for us! He cared that much for you! He cared that much for me!
Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Understanding the love of God is the first step in our relationship with Him. It is only when we begin to understand this great love that we can begin to trust Him and believe in His Word. For further study, use the concordance in your Bible to look up more verses about the love of God read them, and begin to meditate on them. God bless you!