God’s Love is What God Says It Is Not What You Want It To Be

There is much talk about God’s love. Most of the talk is based on human opinions of love rather than what the Bible clearly says about God’s love.

–God is love therefore all are saved
–Love wins so no one goes to hell
–Love removes consequences
–Love makes sin irrelevent
–God loves freely, no strings attached
–God’s love is unconditional

All of these statements are based on opinion rather than the Bible. There are strings attached to God’s love. Love does cover a multitude of sins, but only to those whom God truly loves, not just to those who claim to have God’s love.

The Apostle John was the most in-depth writer on God’s love. He is the disciple whom Jesus loved and he is constantly talking about love.

“God is love” is from 1 John and is typically the only one of John’s verses people know about God’s love. But if you truly want to know what God’s love is like, how to get it and stay in it, then read John.

Justin Taylor wrote up a post about John’s teachings on God’s love. It’s short, quotes John’s actual words, and gives a great intro to the subject. Please read.

One thought on “God’s Love is What God Says It Is Not What You Want It To Be”

  1. I did read the statements you linked to, and it is a good collection. The apostle John lived the longest of all the 12 (or 13, if you count Paul!). His warning in the “little books” of John 1,2,3 were speaking to the church as it was starting to depart from the faith. In Revelation 2, speaking to the first church of Ephesus, Christ says, “you have left your first love.” What did this love look like?

    “2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
    3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.”

    It was shown in works, labour, patience, rejection of lying ministers, bearing patiently under trial without fainting. It was love for Christ, and the love of Christ in them that caused that kind of fruit. It was not seen in lots of outward show, but in humility, and willingness to follow the suffering Saviour, and count the things of the world “dung” that they might win Christ.

    But as the church departed from this love, another “love” came in. A profession of love for God, which was actually pride and love of self. Now another kind of works were manifest: large cathedrals, pilgrimages, fancy processions, building monuments to the saints, large theological schools and universities. All done supposedly for the “love of God”, but actually for human pride and self-exaltation. The same thing is happening today.

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