Is love always good?
The Bible says a lot about love. We are told that God is love. He has demonstrated his love by sending his son, Jesus Christ, to die as a sacrifice for our sins so we can be forgiven.
God requires that we love others as well. Jesus said that the two greatest commands are to love God with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. We are even commanded to love our enemies.
But this doesn’t necessarily mean that all love is good. Jesus has told us that loving him should have priority over all other loves.
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
He doesn’t say we should not love our parents or our children. When we become his followers we will probably love them even more than we did before. But as much as we love them, we must love him even more.
There are things that we are commanded not to love.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
1 John 2:15-17
In his letter to the Philippians Paul described what our love should be like.
And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
We are to try to love even more than we do but out love must be accompanied by knowledge and discernment. Satan would like to get us to stop loving, but if he can’t do this he will try to pervert rut love by tricking us into loving something that God disapproves of.
Posted on January 30, 2017, in Bible study and tagged discernment, God is love, knowledge, love, love your enemies, love your neighbor, loving God, loving Jesus, loving your children, loving your parents. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.