God Is Worthy
The Bible says that "God is love." (1 John 4:8). This is not only a fact so stated in these words of inspiration, but it has also been demonstrated in a powerful way; God gave His Son for the world so that we might have hope. There is a problem though. Some have interpreted the statement "God is love" to mean that "all God is is love." In other words, God is one dimensional and has no other characteristics at all.
Because of this many feel that they can all but ignore God's will for their lives - that they can set aside whatever spiritual and moral laws He has given as it suits them. After all, God is love - He could not possibly condemn me or hold me accountable as a transgressor of His Law.
This is a dangerous attitude to have and is built on a false premise. Yes, "God is love" - He has already proven that to us - but He is not only love. He has other characteristics as well. He demands respect and reverence from us. He does hold us accountable for our actions (Heb. 10:26-27; 31). It is a tragic mistake to treat God's will in a trivial fashion. The Scriptures say, "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. Whatsoever a man sows, this he will also reap." (Gal. 6:7). One day we will each stand before the judgment seat of Christ where we will be recompensed for the things we have done; good or bad (2 Cor. 5:10). Yes, God is love, and in Him there is eternal hope. But He will not be mocked.
By Jon W. Quinn
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From Expository Files 14.8 August 2007