God is love. Somehow this statement can be challenged; or at least any idea of God-as-love as being harmless, limited in such a way that (S)He) only wants for us that which we think is pleasurable to us, can be challenged. Thus, saying God is love, might be saying a lot or maybe saying nothing at all. However, the one thing that cannot be challenged (IMHO), is the compassionate nature of God. In Jesus Christ God chose to become part of the suffering of Creation, even more extraordinary, (S)He) chose to make suffering part of (S)His) very being. That is the mystery of the name, Immanuel (Matt 1:22-23), God-with-Creation, especially in suffering.