What do I mean when I say that I am living and doing all things for God’s glory? Sometimes I think and say things about God’s glory that actually make God appear to be selfish and suggesting something that is contrary to God’s character? By that I mean do I sometimes interpret scripture in a way that sounds biblical but may impugn the character of God?
For example, God works all things, even bad things, together for my good. Am I perhaps guilty, though maybe even unconsciously, of thinking that God allows these bad things for the express purpose of working them together for my good forgetting that I probably deserve as a sinner most of the bad things that happen to me. Doesn’t that fly in the face of God being a God of love that wants nothing but the best for me? A God who is preparing unimaginable blessings for those that love him (1 Corinth. 2: 9).
Chapter 31 of that same book tells us that the path of God’s glory is the cross, the ultimate example of how much God loves His people. How do we as broken men and women understand God’s love and God’s holiness without the cross. For the truest expression of God’s holiness is God’s love and the Cross is the ultimate expression of a Holy God’s love.
If cheap grace is salvation without sanctification then what is cheap love? Cheap love is misunderstanding the depth and commitment of God’s love for sinners like me. Cheap love is love without the cross. It’s a love that forgets the greatest ever example of love, Jesus on the cross. Yes, love is a feeling but it’s also an action. And as Jesus modeled for us on the cross, true love costs us everything, including our very lives.
“And now these three remain, faith, hope and love; but the greatest is love”.