The Bible Doesn’t talk Much About Love…(but it is brimming with it)

The Bible is the Word of God. It is an amazing revelation, showing us Who God is, and what he has done to save mankind from the sin that we are all prone to. Central to that revelation is the truth that God hates sin and evil, and everything that is false, but God loves man. He has made a Righteous way to save man from the consequences of Man’s own rebellion.

In a recent sermon I made this observation, which some have found hard to understand; I said that the Bible doesn’t really say that much about Love. God is love, and the implications of nearly everything we are shown in the Bible are brimming with Love, but there is not as much talk about Love itself as one would think.

The creation is obviously an act of Divine Love, Everything was created for the maximum needs of man in mind; the garden of delight, the perfect environment, the meeting of the need for companionship, the gift of meaningful work, the exalted place given to the man and his wife. Obviously a lot of loving thought was put into creation by the Creator.

There is Love in the account of the fall as well, for there is the concern that the first couple confess their sin to the Creator, (obviously He wanted to save them) , then there is the clothing of the shame of the first couple, in the bloody garments which foretell the death of the Savior for our sins, and the prophecy of the “Seed of the woman” to come, who would crush the serpent’s head and undo the effects of the primal curse and estrangement from God.

Love permeates the accounts, but little is said about Love itself, there is little or no “Love talk”. This is what I meant about there not being much about Love in the Bible itself. God is love…He doesn’t speak much about Love itself, but those who know God, know Love, and Know that He is LOVE and that Love permeates all that He does and is.

I took people to the New Testament, and especially to the sermons of Jesus, the Apostles and the preaching in the book of Acts… They didn’t preach Love in their Kerygma, ,neither the LOVE of God for all, nor did they teach “Unconditional Love” . There was much warning of Judgment, and they preached the Lordship of Jesus, the cross and it’s meaning, and of course th Kingdom of God, but not much was said about Love.

But it is obvious that Jesus loved/loves us. The Father loves us, and we who are saved know it. Of course there is some said about Love in the scripture, such as I Corinthians 13, or the teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, about the Love of the Father for the just and the unjust, I do not assert that there is no talk of Love. I have simply made the observation that there is not as much said about love as people think.

There is much made of Righteousness, and Holiness, and some said about Love.

I suppose that in the last century or so, Evangelical churches and preachers, shifted in their emphasis in preaching, from an emphasis on the subject of Righteousness, the law of God, and judgment, to an emphasis on Love. I also suspect much of this is due to the philosophy of humanism which has swept across the planet, particularly the West.

This is not to say there is no place for discussion and emphasis on Love, the Love of God for man, for sinners, and in redemption. There is no doubt, that We are to preach that God loves fallen man, and was “In Christ reconciling sinners to himself”.

But Love cannot be the only emphasis, nor does it seem to be the prime emphasis in the gospels, and in Acts. The Apostles preached “Righteousness, Temperance and the Judgment to come, as well as love.

And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

The Bible is the most loving book on earth, ever , in history, but it doesn’t speak as much about Love itself as many think it does. The Love of Scripture is implicit, powerful and pervasive, because we have a God who loves in deed, and on levels difficult for sinful men to understand or receive, until after they are enlightened. God is Love, He acts in Love , thinks in Love, speaks in Love.

Could it be that merely preaching “Love” to the world, without the context of Holiness, the broken Law, Judgment and wrath, actually deceives sinners and makes it more difficult for them to believe the gospel?

There are many, many people who are similar in attitude to a French Atheist (Heinrich Heine) who had spent his whole life in militant rebellion against God, denying the existence of God, and saying “No” to any claims of God on his life, moral or otherwise.

On his death bed, a friend asked him, “What if you are wrong about God? “

His reply,Dieu me pardonnera, c’est son travail , translated from French, “Of course God will forgive me, that’s His job!”

We sinners tend to presume on Love. Instead of we need to be told that we are sinners, and in danger of damnation, we need to understand that God is a righteous God, and that Jesus is LORD, and that there is a judgment coming which we are not qualified to pass through. The great themes of scripture , such as Sin, Salvation, Heaven and Hell, the World and the coming Kingdom need to be proclaimed afresh, so that we can put the “love of God” in it’s proper context.

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11 Responses to The Bible Doesn’t talk Much About Love…(but it is brimming with it)

  1. Patricia Edward says:

    Will try to share with ss many people as possible. This truth needs to be shared.
    Thank you.

  2. marc4freedom says:

    Amen brother Bill. MarcSent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

  3. GJ says:

    An excerpt from a study I’m working on…

    Does not true Love… Charity… the Holy Spirit rejoice in… act in… the truth while rejecting what’s false? In other words… to claim one is practicing, or engaging, the above mentioned falsehood [ecumenical idolatry] out of love to serve God… is this not an oxymoronic lie in itself?

    Ephesians 5 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

    1 Corinthians 13 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

  4. Fay Dash says:

    “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life!” Believing, Receiving, and Accepting HIS LOVE, and knowing that we only love Him because He first Loved us is often misunderstood. His Agape’ love we do not naturally possess, but HIS SPIRIT living in us helps us to share it with others.

  5. John Smith says:

    Great word Bill, John 15v12 in my view says it all, v11, that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

    Now, here is the biblical meaning of love “Laying down your life”. The world’s view of love is nowhere near this depth. This depth of Love is a command from Jesus himself. Jesus goes on to clarify who are his friends, v14 “ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I have commanded you.” So He is not talking to outsiders here.

    Now then lets stop and ponder on the term “lay down our lives for a friend” and ask ourselves what does that really mean. How can i lay down my life in our current society? Which is built on competition, profit, increase, self-centredness, pride, deception and the list could go on and on. Sadly our current worldly society and many churches tell us this biblical approach to one another don’t work and have mixed themselves with the systems of the world in so many ways. But lets remind ourselves of Gods word “that His word is the same yesterday today and forever”. Furthermore 1Cor 13v8 also tells us Godly “love” never fails. What Love never fails!!! We have the fruit of the spirit …. love, (the first) joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23). Interesting hay, but here is the kicker 1Cor 13v13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love, once again talking to his own!!!!!!!

    So lets ask ourselves how can I lay down my life for a friend.

  6. Deemar says:

    This teaching brought to my mind a verse:

    Romans 12:9
    “Let (your) LOVE be without hypocrisy. Abhor (regard with hatred) what is evil; cling to what is good.”

    Therefore, it is hypocritical for us to claim “love” for Jesus but fail to HATE what He hates.
    Again, His Perfect LOVE includes hatred of anything that deceives and keeps people from KNOWING HIM. So, in order to effectively do His work, we must have that same love for others…. laying down our lives to expose (hate) the lies with the LIGHT of Truth.

    Our human understanding of “love” is faulty.
    Fallen humanity doesn’t realize that God’s LOVE is: Perfect/Holy/Righteous –
    and His LOVE actually includes HATRED! Hatred for all that is false/dark/deceptive.

    ALL of the Bible is TRUE – ALL is written with LOVE for us in order that we may know the very SOURCE of Truth. Even the things we’d “rather not hear” are “loving Truth”.

    Let us live our lives in the LOVE of PURE TRUTH – laying down our lives to speak that Truth to others… encouraging those who are believers to stand uncompromisingly firm on the TRUTH of God’s Word… (which includes hatred of compromise, lies, lukewarmness, etc)
    and bringing forth the hard but LOVING Truth to those who are lost – that they may be saved from this perverse and wicked generation.

  7. DavidL says:

    1 John 4 is great when it comes to the “love”-subject, especially 1 Jonh 4:9-10 which clarifies God’s love to us.
    Regarding our love to God maybe one should read the warnings of not loving the truth in 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

    • John Smith says:

      The level or depth of love (…laying down your life! depth) we would show to a brother in Christ is different to those, which are not in Christ. Jesus is not directing us to lay down our life for a non-Christian.

      1 John 4v7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
      Firstly Jesus is addressing the beloved. Not a worldly person, Jesus goes on to say everyone that loveth is born of God. Once again there’s a separation between Christian and non-Christian.

      John 15v12… This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13, Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14, Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
      15) …….but I have called you friends;

      Here Jesus creates the picture to assist us in what it means to Love one anther. . Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Again Jesus defines whom he is talking to. Defined in verse 14 and 15 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Once again there’s a separation between Christian and non-Christian.

      So the depth of love we show to our Christian bothers and sisters in the Lord should be much greater than that we would apply to a non-Christian. Remember it was Jesus that laid down his life for the world, he’s not asked us to lay down our life for an unbeliever.

  8. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
    21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. – 1 John 4:20-21

    15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
    16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. – Ephesians 4:15-16

    • DavidL says:

      Note: I added * for minor emphasis.

      Galatians 6:1-4
      1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
      2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so *fulfill the law of Christ*.
      3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

      Mark 12:28-31
      28 Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?”
      29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.
      30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.
      31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

      1 John 5:1-4
      1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.
      2 By this we know that *we love the children of God*, when we love God and keep His commandments.
      3 For *this is the love of God*, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
      4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

      Somewhat related, but maybe not so much. I think that most people in discerning ministries should read this section:
      2 Timothy 2:23-26
      23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.
      24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient,
      25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,
      26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.

      I think that this section is related to people who teach serious error (see verses 17-18). Not about a minor argument.
      Sorry for the long text and God Bless 🙂

      • Agree with you. Loving one another is quite wide. Meeting needs, speaking with a spirit of gentleness with those who are in error, church discipline, and foregoing our own freedoms for the sake of the conscience of our more sensitive brethren, and also on some having mercy are some of the aspects of what it means to love the brethren. Thanks for the scriptures. Shalom.

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