While this is a truth we know in our heads, often it is not how we feel about God. Our ideas about God are initially based on parental or authority figures from our childhood. Yet even the best parents are imperfect representatives of God. For that reason everyone's family was dysfunctional to some extent. The opposite is also true that even in the worse families people are still made in the image of God and that image remains even if it is badly distorted. So to varying degrees we have all been disappointed by those whose love was important to us.
As a way of protecting ourselves from future disappointments it is tempting to build barriers to stop people getting too close. Unfortunately we can carry these barriers through to our relationship with God and consequently don't feel that God is love because we have unwittingly blocked His love from reaching our hearts.
Perhaps it's time to rethink our ideas of God. Do we see Him as the father who runs to meet us when we are broken, dirty and in disgrace (Luke 15:11-32)? Do we see Him as the shepherd who deliberately and patiently pursues us (Luke 15:3-7)? Do we see Him as the farmer who is unbelievable generous to those who donít deserve it (Matthew 20:1-16)? Do we know that we cannot earn or repay God's love (Titus 3:4-5)? Do we know we are extraordinarily loved (Jeremiah 31:3)?