What about God's emotionless love?

If God is without emotions how does He love?
Isn’t it a weakness not to have affections? And what is so exiting about spending an eternity in heaven with an emotionless God (it sounds like a statue).

Dear friend,

If God is the creator of all that is, then He created the ability to emote as well. As His creatures, we don’t have anything that He doesn’t have in abundance. This does not mean that He has a need to emote as we do. While for us to not be able to emote can be a weakness, this isn’t the case with God.

Certainly, in His human nature, Jesus had emotions and showed them, But when we think of God as God, we have to try to think outside of the human box. God is pure love. By becoming man and suffering and dying at the hands of people He created out of nothing, He has shown us the highest form of love–a love that has no limit.

Even we can imitate such love in our own way. “A man can have no greater than to lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Such love is measured by sacrifice. We can know how much we love others in this way, by how willing we are to put ourselves out for them. Our emotions are not the cause of such love, but they may certainly accompany it.

God is the source of all good. He is unlimited good. Any good we experience here on earth is a pale reflection of God who is its source. As Bishop Sheen used to say of the things we cherish most here, “If this is the spark, what must be the flame?” Heaven consists of being able to appreciate the ultimate good that is God. We cannot imagine such good. But judging from His Passion, He must love us very, very much.

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Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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