A holy God has called us to a holy life. God’s attribute of holiness is an attribute that is consistently manifested in God’s love. For example, God’s attribute of love may be manifested in a variety of ways, such as tender kindness or as stern chastening, but the manifestation of His holiness in these is always the same. God’s holiness (His absolute moral excellence) is revealed at all times, the same way.
Truly born again believers—who have been in church for even a few months—have told me they are confused about what is going on in the church. Many new believers have come to me, hurting, in confusion, and with some very on target questions:
Are all the people who are members in the church actually born again?
Why do they seem to love the things of the world?
Why do they seem to be motivated by flesh and pride—but are never convicted about it?
Do you have questions like this? Or, maybe new Christians are coming to you with similar questions?
Perhaps the following from the book, Your Answer to Life’s Most Important Question, will help:
WHAT IS MEANT BY “BELIEVE ON HIS NAME?” WHAT DOES THIS WORD “BELIEVE” IMPLY?
Many who lived in Jesus’ day had a mental “belief” in Jesus because of the miracles which He did, but this mental belief alone is not saving “belief”. Continue reading
In the church today, there is great controversy over what God’s love is and how it is perfected in us. Some present love as sin permissive; others make it legalistic.
Christians are left with perplexing questions:
Is it unloving to judge?
Is it unloving for Christians to separate from what is unscriptural?
Does love, under any circumstance, promote compromise with God’s Word?
These are all vital issues facing the church today. It is important that Christians not only understand the true love of God, but also become so firmly established in their scriptural convictions so as not to feel condemned and unloving because they address sin.
Scripturally defining God’s love is necessary. God’s genuine love (agape) is sacrificial and holy. Another way to describe God’s perfect love is to say that it is absolute sacrifice. Jesus demonstrated this perfect love by His absolute sacrifice on the cross. As God’s love is applied and perfected in us, our love will also be sacrificial and holy. Any love which does not promote the true holiness of God is not the true love of God.
If we, as believers, do not esteem God’s holiness, we will not express the true love of God. (For instance, if someone behaves angrily, bitterly, deceitfully or manipulatively toward us while, at the same time, saying “I love you with the love of the Lord,” he does not have the true love of God toward us.) It is only as we define and understand the true love of God that this love can be perfected in us.
God’s love is perfected in us as we obey His Word. If a person claims to love God, but refuses to obey His Word, God says this person does not truly love Him.
(For more on this topic, please read our book Understanding Biblical Love, which is available on Amazon.)