Meditation – God is Love

The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 5:5

The God of love Himself dwells in heaven. Heaven is the palace or presence-chamber of the High and Holy One, whose name is love, and who is both the cause and source of all holy love. God, considered with respect to His essence, is everywhere. He fills both heaven and earth. Yet He is said, in some respects, to be more especially in some places than in others. He was said of old to dwell in the land of Israel, above all other lands; and in Jerusalem, above all other cities of that land; and in the temple, above all other buildings in the city; and in the Holy of Holies, above all other apartments of the temple; and on the mercy seat, over the ark of the covenant, above all other places in the Holy of Holies. But heaven is His dwelling place, above all other places in the universe; and all those places in which He was said to dwell of old were but types of this. Heaven is a part of creation that God has built for this end, to be the place of His glorious presence, and it is His abode forever; and here will He dwell and gloriously manifest Himself to all eternity. This renders heaven a world of love; for God is the fountain of love, as the sun is the fountain of light. Therefore, the glorious presence of God in heaven fills heaven with love, as the sun, placed in the midst of the visible heavens in a clear day, fills the world with light. The apostle John tells us that “God is love” (1 John 4:8); and therefore, seeing He is an infinite being, it follows that He is an infinite fountain of love. Seeing He is an all-sufficient being, it follows that He is a full, overflowing, and inexhaustible fountain of love. And in that He is an unchangeable and eternal being, He is an unchangeable and eternal fountain of love.

Jonathan Edwards