A.W. Pink notes that the love of God is uninfluenced. Three of his points are as follows: (1) His love is influenced by nothing whatever in the object of His love. (2) His love is sovereign – the cause of God’s love lies in God Himself. (3) His love is immutable – His love does not change. Barth (in Chruch Dogmatics II) holds that God loves us as one who loves in freedom – not out of any lack in his own being. But God has a desire for our love and this desire furnishes the capacity for pain and loss – but this desire is something contingent upon God’s willing to enter into such a relation in the first place. (Disclaimer – I am not a fan of Barth’s lifestyle or his theology, but I appreciate the Christ-centeredness of his understanding). Erickson, (Christian Theology): Does God love us for his sake, thus apparently jeopardizing the unselfish, giving character of his love; or does he love us for our own sake, thus apparently jeopardizing his status as the highest value? The former would seem to compromise the love of God, the latter his glory. There is, however, a third possibility. God loves us on the basis of that likeness of himself which he has placed within us, in creating us. He therefore in effect loves himself in us. The most difficult theology course I took was centered on exploring “the love of God.” I have never actually developed an understanding that I would consider satisfactory and decided to revisit the topic. I welcome any guidance, discussion, and thoughts on how we define the love of God. How do you define "God is love"? How does God love and is this a genuine experience on the part of God?