Jesus, being God, is Love (1 Jn 4:8, 16). However, love is not necessarily what many people in our culture think it is. "The way we came to understand love was that He laid down His life for us; we too must lay down our lives for our brothers" (1 Jn 3:16). As Dostoyevsky said, "Love is a terrible thing." Love is not superficial and selfish but rather is sacrificial, unconditional, all-consuming (see Heb 12:29), crucified, infinite, and mysterious. True love is much more than "a many-splendored thing."
Because God is Love, He is not only tender but also jealous and angry (see 1 Thes 1:10) — not as we are angry but in a way unique to God. Because God is Love, He is the just Judge Who will pay us the wages of sin, that is, death and damnation. Because God is Love, He is the Truth (see Jn 14:6). In love, He will, if necessary, call us "frauds" (Mt 23:13, 15), "blind guides" (Mt 23:16), "blind fools" (Mt 23:17), and hypocrites. Because God is Love, He died on the cross for us and calls us to be crucified with Him (Gal 2:19).
Let us accept the courage to live in love (Jn 15:9), as the Lord Who is Love means love.