Someone once told me that one of the most radical and challenging things I can say to a neighbor in this part of the world is "God is Love." It contradicts what people in this honor/shame culture are taught to believe. When I say that "God is Love" I am either met with the chuckle of someone wanting to correct my Arabic, or with a question of "What do you mean?" Either way, I try to take the opportunity to tell the full Story of how God is Love. Everything that God does is out of love--and He Himself IS Love.