Another major difference between God’s love and ours is:
His love was first, ours follows.
1 John iv. 10, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us.”
In respect of sufficient causes of love: God loved us before time and while we were sinners but we love him because… he is revealed unto us as lovely and desirable, as a fit and suitable object unto the soul to set its rest upon, before we can bear any love unto him. The saints (in this sense) do not love God for nothing, but for that excellency, loveliness, and desirableness that is in him. Ps. cxvi. 1, “I love the LORD, BECAUSE!” so may we in general; we love the Lord, BECAUSE!
They differ in this also:— The love of God is like himself, — equal, constant, not capable of augmentation or diminution; our love is like ourselves, — unequal, increasing, waning, growing, declining. His, like the sun, always the same in its light, though a cloud may sometimes interpose;ours, as the moon, (it waxes and wanes-JK).
Whom he loves, he loves unto the end, and he loves them always alike. On whom he fixes his love, it is immutable; it does not grow to eternity, it is not diminished at any time. It is an eternal love, that had no beginning, that shall have no ending; although the sense of it varies, sometimes more, sometimes less; now he shines, anon hides his face, as it may be for our profit. But yet, still his love in itself is the same.