"...God is love" (1 John 4:8).
At the breakfast table this morning, our son Christopher asked a profound question: "Why does God love us?"
I paused for several seconds as I considered my answer. I could not say, "Because we are so lovable." That would be a lie. I could not say, "Because we are good." That would be a lie. We are not good enough on our best days to deserve God's love. I knew that I needed to give an answer centered on God's grace--because that would be true--but I was having trouble articulating it. Then the words of 1 John 4:8 popped into my mind.
Finally, I answered, "Because it's God's nature and character to want to do good to others."