The Gospel of "God's Love"
"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth..." I Corinthians 13:4-8a
Much is done in the name of "love", and yet many of it has no basis in "love" at all. Love perhaps is one of the most distorted words in the human language, used to support & justify the most debase, selfish, and unloving things.
For me personally, nothing is more nauseating than to hear professing Christians championing a "God of love" by defining "love" in ways which are the antithesis of who God is. Why? Because we have no right to define God according to our own understandings. If God is love - and He is - then He alone can define what love is.
I briefly wrote on this by citing various Scriptures which might appear to be downright unloving to some, but were nonetheless acts of our Lord Jesus Christ. The very words of Scripture - which reveal to us the character of God - convict us about a human perspective of "love". What we need is a divine revelation of who God is. Only then can we say that "God is love" and understand what that really means.
Love is not primarily a feeling, it is action that lines up with the righteousness of God. Love is not defined by how it makes us feel, but how it aligns with the truths of God. Remember above in I Corinthians 13, love rejoices not in iniquity but rejoices in truth. Love = God's Truth. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. As soon as we separate "love" from God's truth, we have perverted it.
If your definition of "love" leads you to accept what God says is unacceptable, then you are serving a false god! If your view of "love" allows you to do what God says must not be done, then you are not motivated by love. If your understanding of "love" makes it okay to deny God's word, then you are promoting a lie.
Isn't God's love unconditional? Isn't it nonjudgmental? If God is love, why are so many suffering? How could a God of love send anybody to Hell? What about John 3:16? Doesn't that prove that God loves everyone?
The video below captures a teaching from Minister David Pawson given on August 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa. In it, he answers the above questions and many more by looking to the Scriptures to define God's revelation of "love" and the nature of the true Gospel.