No love in the devil

“There is nothing so contrary to the nature of the devil as love, for he is a spirit who is full of malice… The devil understands many things, but there is nothing that he would make such bungling work at as imitating the true, divine, holy, humble love of a true saint.”

Jonathan Edwards, The Glory and Honor of God,
edited by Michael D. McMullen, page 314 (quoted from here)

But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.  Revelation 2:4

As for orthodoxy, it is cold and dead and grim without the warmth and life and beauty with which love invests it.  The Ephesians even hated the evil deeds and words of the Nicolaitans, so unimpeachable was their theological correctness.  But to hate error and evil is not the same as to love Jesus Christ.

John R. W. Stott, What Christ Thinks of the Church,
pages 28-29 (quoted from here)

Actually, what makes us different from the devil? I read a writing by John Piper where he pointed out that the demons feared, earnestly pled with, and even displayed lowliness before Jesus in the gospel accounts. And A.W. Tozer said that ‘The devil is a better theologian than any of us and is a devil still’. If the devil is so much like us, knowing who God is, His word and even fearing Him (then again, there are many who don’t even know and fear God), what separates us from the devil?

It’s love for God. I’ve been thinking about this. In fact, it bugs me. I mean, I could be doing all the right things, but do not love God, how am I different from the devil? There are times where I just ask myself in the silence of the night, do I love God, and find myself having no answer. For one, I don’t want to be presumptuous and think that if I am obeying God, there is love because Scripture says that love precedes obedience (John 14:15, 21, 23; 1 John 2:3). Also, I don’t find myself having the euphoria or warm fuzzy feeling that I associate with being in love (which is probably wrong).

Is our love important to God? Of course; otherwise the first and greatest commandment would not have been ‘Love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your mind’. I remind myself that love is a decision more than an emotion, but I wish I could at least have affirmative feelings of my love for God.

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