God is Love.
The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.–1 John 4:8
God loves the world.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.–John 3:16
We know that God loves mankind, but is there anything that He loves even more? Does God have an unyielding love for something? Yes.
On the wicked He will rain fiery coals and brimstone; a scorching wind will be their portion. 7 For the LORD is righteous,He loves justice; the upright will see his face.–Psalm 11:6-7
God is unyielding in His love for Righteousness and Justice. As much as God loves mankind, if they remain wicked, they will be under judgment. God loves man, but He will let go of man…But He will never allow the standard of righteousness and justice to be compromised.
Turn away from evil and do good, so that you will abide forever. 28 For the LORD loves justice And does not forsake His godly ones; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked will be cut off.–Psalm 37:27-28
The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.–Psalm 33:5
The Scriptures above show us that God’s love for righteousness/justice is the line of demarcation. The standard of righteousness and truth is not here to conform to man, but man was made to conform to it. As a result of this prevailing, immense love and rejoicing for righteousness, justice, and truth, we can clearly say that God is Love. The Bible points out that all of God’s love flows from His love for righteousness, justice, and truth. The love that is described in 1 Corinthians 13 (the love chapter) does not revolve foremost around man, it revolves around truth.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.–1 Corinthians 13:6
People have asked for centuries, “How can we say “God is Love” when He drowns people in the Great Flood, scorches cities, and lets them burn?” God did not abandon love when he committed these acts. He was holding on to the very essence of Agape love, which is a supreme love for righteousness, justice, and truth.
God will never allow the standard of righteousness, justice and truth to be broken for the affections of sinful mankind. If He did, He would no longer be Agape love. We could no longer say “God is Love (Agape). Agape Love must always have Righteousness, Justice, and Truth as its Zenith. Righteousness is still the ultimate standard and nothing less. God is loyal in His love and that standard must be kept.
HOWEVER, God did not give up in his effort to reach mankind.
Even though mankind does not match up with the standard of God’s unyielding love for righteousness, God did the unthinkable to reach us.
He never abandoned Righteousness as being the ultimate standard, but He did offer an incredible exchange. He would become the very thing that He hated the most, so that we could obtain His righteousness.
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him–2 Cor. 5:21
And then, God in Christ took our sins and its penalty so that it would no longer count against us.
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them…”–2 Cor. 5:18-19
Have you ever found yourself becoming the very thing you hated? Some people end up acting like their parents, and hate it. Did you know that God became the very thing that He hated? He did it willingly. God became sin for us. He identifies with the very worst, and gives us hope to rise out of the cycle.
God loves Righteousness and God so loved the world. Put them together and what do you have? If you have received the gift of Christ and are declared to be the Righteousness of God, then God’s love for you has no equal.