Love is vital to the covenant relationship which we enjoy with God. God Himself is love (I John 4:8). Love is the moving cause for our salvation: "in love, having predestinated us unto the adoption of children" (Eph. 1:5). "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son" (John 3:16). The work of the Holy Spirit within us produces a loving response, "Abba, Father" (Gal. 4:6). Love is what salvation is all about.