5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5)
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. (1 John 4)
The Lord recently gave me an analogy. He showed me a giant water balloon hitting a wall that had a pinhole in it. He explained to me how his love for us is endless, but we are willing to receive so little of it. We limit the love we receive from him through unbelief, disobedience, and by allowing the wickedness of this world to scar our hearts against hope.
God is love. When, as John said, you have come to the point where you "[know and believe] the love that God [has] to [you]," your pinhole expands to receive far more of his love, and you will know the truth and depth of the statement "God is love." It impossible for anyone to describe that to another person. This is why Paul said "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." (1 Corinthians 2:9)
When, as John said, you have come to the point where you "[know and believe] the love that God [has] to [you],"you will be filled with his love. You will realize that to the extent that you have God's love in you, you have become like him, and through that love he dwells in you and you in him.
You will have no choice then but to love your fellowman with the same intensity as the love of God of which you are aware. At that point, you will learn about love more deeply.
You will now find yourself being the water balloon, and others being the pinhole. Only then will you really comprehend what John and Paul meant when they said "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us," and that "we love him" only because "he first loved us." You will have almost all of your water splash down the outside of the wall instead of penetrating into those you give it freely to. You will have your heart broken into a million pieces, and because God loved you first, you will carefully pick it all back up, tape it together, and do it again and again and again. Every bit of love that makes it through the pinhole will be because you loved that person first, when there was no reason to other than the love of God that is inside you. And you will understand and value how the only reason you have that love is that God loved you first, too.
You will then understand to a much deeper degree how it is that Jesus Christ is the true vine that connects us to the Father, and that only through him can the love of the Father be shed abroad to all men. The love of the Father (meaning the love the Father has for us) is the greatest of all things, and worth absolutely any cost to obtain.
Note: I haven't written many posts lately because I am using all my time to move forward several books. I am still very diligently working through this, and I have no idea how long it is going to take. I can say that I'm up to about 900 pages of typed notes. I am working as fast as I can, but I took a break from that to write this post because I could not hold it in.