Love is not God

              In mathematics to say 6 x 2 = 12 is exactly the same as saying 12 = 2 x 6. In the same way 8/2 = 4 is the same as 4 = 8/2.  So what if we do the same in English. Let’s take ‘God = Love’.  Is that the same as saying ‘Love = God’?

I submit that the two are quite different. In the first example I suspect we all agree that ‘God is love’. It says so in the Bible, on many occasions. Not only that, but the whole of the Bible is an illustration of the fact that God is love. Jesus was the love of God in bodily form. His teaching and behavior were supreme examples of the sacrificial love of God.

‘Love is God’. Most people in our culture believe that statement.  Love is the driving force behind most of the moral and ethical principles and lifestyle of our generation. The kind of love that we are recommended across the media, in our schools, in politics and society in general is that love decides all. Love is certainly our god.

                    Love is Love

                          Love is never wrong

                                 Love is about hearts, not parts

                                       All for love and love for all

So, how do we decide if something like a relationship is right or wrong. Well, it is quite easy according to the new morality. If the outcome is that two or more people love each other, then it must be right. As we have abandoned all thought of absolute right and wrong, we must have a different foundation for our ethical decisions. And what better than love?

So two people meet on a date and go back to someone’s flat and go to bed together. If they love each other it’s OK.  A woman commits adultery, but she loves this new man who makes her feel good. It’s love, so it is acceptable. Two young men start a sexual relationship together, and their love makes it quite acceptable. Conversely, a husband and wife are living together but the husband does not love the wife any more, so the best thing is for them to separate, for the sake of the children.  What is the point of remaining committed if the love has disappeared? It might never return.  Love is transient.

Yet Paul wrote to Titus that a Christian leader is one who ‘loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined’. True love has a moral kernel to it. Love comes from a holy God who looks for a holy love to emanate from his children who are like him. That love at times will be self-sacrificing. It will certainly consist of not giving up when the going gets tough. And for sure it is not about what makes me feel good.

The world pursues love and finds it illusive. The believer pursues God and discovers the love of Jesus who laid down his life for him or her. That person has discovered the kind of love which enables them to overflow with that same selfless love to family, friends and enemies.

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