The Essence of God

“The same writer of John 3:16 says in 1 John 4:8, “God is love.” Which I take to mean at least this: giving what’s good and serving the benefit of others is closer to the essence of God than getting and being served. God is without needs. God inclines to meet needs. God is a giver. God is love.”- John Piper, The Dawning of Indestructible Joy, p. 39

To become like the image of the Father is to give: to others, for others, at great personal cost.