Catechism of the Catholic Church

60 Part One and will extend to his most precious gift: “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.” 40 220 God’s love is “everlasting”: 41 “For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you.” 42 Through Jeremiah, God declares to his people, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have con- tinued my faithfulness to you.” 43 221 But St. John goes even further when he affirms that “God is love”: 44 God’s very being is love. By sending his only Son and the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has revealed his innermost secret: 45 God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange. IV. T he I mplications of F aith in O ne G od 222 Believing in God, the only One, and loving him with all our being has enormous consequences for our whole life. 223 It means coming to know God’s greatness and majesty : “Behold, God is great, and we know him not.” 46 Therefore, we must “serve God first.” 47 224 It means living in thanksgiving : if God is the only One, ev- erything we are and have comes from him: “What have you that you did not receive?” 48 “What shall I render to the Lord for all his bounty to me?” 49 225 It means knowing the unity and true dignity of all men : Every- one is made in the image and likeness of God. 50 226 It means making good use of created things : faith in God, the only One, leads us to use everything that is not God only insofar as it brings us closer to him, and to detach ourselves from it inso- far as it turns us away from him: 40 Jn 3:16; cf. Hos 11:1; Isa 49:14-15; 62:4-5; Ezek 16; Hos 11. 41 Isa 54:8. 42 Isa 54:10; cf. 54:8. 43 Jer 31:3. 44 1 Jn 4:8, 16. 45 Cf. 1 Cor 2:7-16; Eph 3:9-12. 46 Job 36:26. 47 St. Joan of Arc. 48 1 Cor 4:7. 49 Ps 116:12. 50 Gen 1:26. 733 851 257 400 2637 356, 360 1700, 1934 339, 2402 2415