Love is the major tone in the Bible. It is also one of the most taught topics in the churches. And rightfully so. I want pile on the teachings of what love is to the millions out there. 1 John 4:8, states clearly that God is love. In that section of scripture, it goes on to explain what love (Who God) is. In verse 10, it states that love isn’t that we love God, but love is God has loved us and He sent His Son (Jesus) to die for our sins. What that means is that when we claim we love God, we should never base it on our ability to love Him but always base it on how He loved us first (1 John 4:19).
John 3:16-17 states, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
The above scripture tells us that Jesus was not sent to condemn the world. He came so that He (Jesus) can be condemned so that we (the world) can be saved (John 12:27-33). In John 17:23, Jesus is praying, and He prays that God loves us (all who believe in Jesus) as He has loves Him. In other words, Jesus wants God to love us, like He loves Jesus. We are aware of the intense love; the trinity has for one another. Jesus is praying that we be brought in that company.
Ephesians 1:6, “…to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.” We can be brought in the love triangle of the trinity because of what Jesus has done for us.