“I, God, love the Israelite people, even as they flirt and party with every god that takes their fancy” (Hosea 3:1 The Message). This is the love described in John 3:16. Hasaq is replaced with the Greek term agape, but the meaning is equally powerful. “God so [agapao] the world….”
Agape love. Less an affection, more a decision; less a feeling, more an action. As one linguist describes, “[Agape love is] an exercise of Divine will in deliberate choice, made without assignable cause save that which lies in the nature of God Himself.” Stated more simply: junkyard wrecks and showroom models share equal space in God’s garage.