I’ve been reading John Piper’s Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry . A must read for anyone who cares about being apart of a church and help build a church that puts Christ and His Gospel at the epicenter of all it does.
Regarding the love of God, Piper profoundly states:
God’s love does not conflict with His holiness and righteousness. On the contrary, the nature of God’s holiness and righteousness demands that He be a God of love. His holiness is the absolute uniqueness and infinite value of His glory. His righteousness is His unswerving commitment always to honor and display that glory. And His all-sufficient glory is honored and displayed most by His working for us rather than our working for Him. And this is love. (pages 14-15)
God’s holiness, righteousness, and love must always be held together. To talk about the love of God without reference to His righteousness and holiness is to create an ala-carte God of our own preferences and prejudices.
To proclaim that God is a “God of Love” and never speak about His holiness and righteousness is blasphemous and the Gospel dwindles down to only self-esteem therapy and/or relationship management. In essence, it is utterly unloving and cruel. As Paul warns in Galatians 1:8-9:
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.
And the Gospel that the Galatians received most certainly held together God’s love, holiness, and righteousness.