God is not surrounded in love - love is His essence, the very construction of His being!
Love rises from within Him (Daniel 2:22) and emanates from Him. He radiates love indiscriminately towards both the aware and the unaware. All recipients are ineligible for His love fortunately eligibility is no criteria for its reception.
Without love, God is not God, nor can He be good.
A God whose essence and construction is love, is guaranteed to see all my frailties, failings and fears. He knows my losses and walks beside me in my despairs. He will not despise me indiscretions, dalliances and splashes of sin.
He witnesses all the deprivation of human affirmation, the absence or finitude of warm human response that sears across each soul and spirit. Yet such sufferings aren't impediments to ‘being seized by the power of a great affection' # - for this is what His Cross intends for us all.
It is a divine fact that the very items that burn the soul and scar the spirit become His conduit of love to you. They are how He seizes your attention, gains your will and secures your heart. His pure love invades all your impurities. His pure love will hold you perfectly upon earth that you may be be flawless before Him forever.
" ... with everlasting kindness
I will have compassion on you,"
says the LORD your Redeemer. (Is 54:8b)
Today's Soul Snippet:
God's eternal invitation ..."COME near and LISTEN to Me." Is 48:16
# P21 - The Wisdom of Tenderness - Brennan Manning, Pub = Harper, San Francisco 2004