We Do Not Know Love and May Never

We do not know, and we may never know, what love is, but we can know how it manifests itself, and that is enough for us here.  First we see it showing itself as good will.  Love wills the good of all and never wills harm or evil to any.  This explains the words of the apostle John: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.” (I John 4:18)

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 79

He Always Acts Like Himself

The words “God is love” mean that love is an essential attribute of God.  Love is something true of God but it is not God.  It expresses the way God is in His unitary being, as do the words holiness, justice, faithfulness and truth.  Because God is immutable He always acts like Himself, and because He is a unity He never suspends one of His attributes in order to exercise another.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 78

This is a Great Error

The apostle John, by the Spirit, wrote “God is love,” and some have taken his words to be a definitive statement concerning the essential nature of God.  This is a great error.  John was by those words stating a fact, but he was not offering a definition.

Equating love to God is a major mistake which has produced much unsound religious philosophy and has brought forth a spate of vaporous poetry completely out of accord with Holy Scriptures and altogether of another climate from that of historic Christianity.

Had the apostle declared that love is what God is, we would be forced to infer that God is what love is.  If literally God is love, then literally love is God, and we are in all duty bound to worship love as the only God there is.  If love is equal to God then God is only equal to love, and God and love are identical.  Thus we destroy the concept of personality in God and deny outright all His attributes save one, and that one we substitute for God.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 78

Appreciating Our Own Specific Call to Love and Serve

Once we recover a greater sense of God’s ordinary vocation as the site of his faithfulness, we will begin to appreciate our own calling to love and serve others in his name everyday ways that make a real difference in people’s lives.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 142

Our Love…When Unhinged from its Proper Object…

Unhinged from its proper object – God’s glory and our neighbor’s good – our love becomes self-focused; our holy passions become vicious, driving us away from God’s approaching steps and away from each other.  We’re not living in the real world, the creation that God called into being and sustains by the word of his power; but in a make-believe world.  We are living as though God and our neighbors were made for us.  In other words, we are living unnatural lives – living as if we were or could become someone other than the true image of God, created to love God and each other.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 88

They Cannot Replace Preaching

Our generosity, joy, love and miraculous power only put on display the glorious gospel we proclaim with our words.  They cannot replace preaching.  Signs are only good if it is clear what they are signifying.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 233