“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power… to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.”Ephesians 3:17-19a
Scripture declares God is love (1 John 4:8, 16). Culture heralds love as god. Both cannot be true. When we affirm that God is love, we agree with Scripture that He alone is the supreme expression of love and what it ought to be. In His infinite power and limitless being, God stretches love farther than we could ever hope to comprehend. But if love is your god, then you worship a small god of your own making. You reduce God to your impoverished notion of love. Invariably, that definition means overlooking, excusing, or otherwise ignoring our sin. Indeed, if we are free to define love and declare it to be god, what prevents us from redefining sin and declaring it to be good?
But can such a shallow view be so easily substituted for the magisterial love of God? May it never be so! Not, at least, among those whom God—in His infinite love and at the cost of His own Son—has redeemed from the very pit of hell. May we never confuse love with the God who is love. To worship love instead of God is to miss out on both.
Love is only great if God is love. God is always small if love is god. Don’t worship love; worship the God who defines it!