If the love of God is construed entirely within the kind of discourse that ties God’s love to our obedience (e.g., “Keep yourselves in the love of God”), the dangers threatening us change once again. True, in a church characterized rather more by personal preference and antinomianism than godly fear of the Lord, such passages surely have something to say to us. But divorced from complementary biblical utterances about the love of God, such texts may drive us backward toward merit theology, endless fretting about whether or not we have been good enough today to enjoy the love of God — to be free from all the paroxysms of guilt from which the cross alone may free us… To sum up: Christian faithfulness entails our responsibility to grow in our grasp of what it means to confess that God is love. ~ D.A. Carson ~
We must be careful as Christians to have a proper grasp of what God’s love is. Today it has been summed up by so many cliche remarks which many times are not always or entirely true in substance. Our standing and position before God is not based on how good or bad our performance has been, but rather it is based off of our standing before Jesus Christ. When the view of merit theology is taken, people base their relationship with God off of their own performance and works instead of the finished work on the cross performed by Jesus Christ who imputed His righteousness to those who are truly born again. Christians today need a better view of what God’s love really is and what the Bible means when it says God loves us. More posts on this issue to follow in the coming days.