Can there be an overemphasis of “love”?
I suppose that depends on what the emphasis may be and what defines our understanding and application of love?
Is the biblical definition of love the same as our own understanding of what love is? How much has that understanding been coloured by popular culture and its often romanticised ideas?
Do we believe that all we need is love?
Or should we be more informed by the Bible than by The Beatles?
Have our expectations of love become sentimentalised? And to what extent might that have shaped our expectations of God’s love?
Only a week or two ago I saw letters to the editor in national news papers, in which a significant ignorance of God was demonstrated. The writers had the all too common understanding that the message of Jesus was all about love and nothing but love, and therefore He was no longer concerned with sin and unrighteousness, that His love makes Him blind to man’s moral short-comings.
I’d suggest that any idea about God’s love somehow nullifying everything else about Him is an idea that overemphasises love.
God’s ultimate act of love – the extraordinarily costly gift of His Son, should show us how seriously God considers mankind’s’ sin. The price for forgiveness and cleansing from sin was not cheap.
Sin is not something that can be brushed aside in the name of some kind of lovey-dovey romanticized sentimentality.
God’s love bled.