God Is Love
Love is the great central, essential fact of God's nature. God is love. All moral attributes are but inflections of love, as all colors are but rays of the pure sunlight. Justice is love looking upon the wronged and considering what it can and ought to do to right them. Mercy is love looking upon the wrong-doer and considering what it can do to cure him. Pity is love looking upon suffering and considering what it can do for its relief. Sympathy or compassion — one word is derived from the Greek, the other from the Latin — is love entering into the life of another and sharing it with him; it is experiencing with another; it is love rejoicing with those that rejoice, and weeping with those that weep.
— Lyman Abbott (1835-1922)