Let’s settle something up front: God didn’t make love; He is love.
Love is His nature, His character. Love is His language, His expression. Love is His purpose, His intent. Love is His impetus, His motivation. Love is both His captivation and His repulsion. Love is both His grace and His judgement. Love is both His peace and His division. Love is both His joy and His sorrow.
But, for our human, finite minds, we’ll say that God made love. So, what happened when God made love? For starters, all of time and space trembled into and out of existence. All of creation groaned in birth pains, shimmered in life, and rejoiced in final consummation. All of humanity was conceived, deceived, and received. And all the fullness of Deity dwelled in bodily form in Jesus of Nazareth, dwelled in spirit form in the Body of Christ, and finally dwells in full form in the New Jerusalem, i.e., the City of God. Wow, a lot happened when God made love.
Let’s break it down some more. When God made love,…
…life was given, received, and given back in an infinite, instantaneous involution. (The Father gives His love to the Son, the Son receives the love from the Father, the Son gives the love back to the Father, the Father receives then gives the love back to the Son, and so goes the circle, all translated and transmitted by the Holy Spirit.)
…the Lamb was slain before the foundations of the world. (The Son took the Father’s love, and wanting to love the Father in the same way, laid down His life for His Father, and gave back the love.)
…He created…everything. (He created light, heaven, land, plants and vegetation, the sun, moon, and stars, fish, and sea monsters, birds, cattle, beasts, and humans.)
…He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world. (He chose His Church, the corporate expression of Christ, His perfect image, in the Him, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.)
Love is a rather powerful thing. Or person, to be more specific. When God made love, He put Himself into Him. He put His nature, character, language, expression, purpose, intent, impetus, and motivation into love. Love is what draws people to Him and what drives people away. Love is why He forgives and why He judges. Love unifies and divides. Love causes joy and sorrow. Love is a big deal. And God is love.
And that same love is the Church.