Where There is No Love There is Only Judgment
The Love of God Displayed In the Judgment of Sin
Without Love There is Only Judgment
Where there is no love, there is judgment. When we do not love God, ourselves or others, the judgment of God is against us. Furthermore, when I am unloving towards someone it is because whatever the reason, I have judged them unworthy of my love. That is Sin with a capitol S. We also do not love ourselves when we reject God’s love and that of others because we have judged ourselves unworthy. How dare we reject the love God has given us!? How dare we not receive true love!? What Sin!
When I am unloving it will create a heart of judgment in others; most people will see that I am unloving and judge me for it. Though there may be some loving people who see past my sin, most people’s judgment is cast against those who do not love or those who reject love. It is inevitable. We are to be known by our love and, what is worse, the world will not know that I am Christ’s disciple if His love is not displayed by my life (John 13:34-35).
I can prevent others from coming to the saving knowledge of Christ by an unloving word or deed, but especially by an unloving lifestyle. Who does the world have to see the love of God through but through God’s people, the body of Christ? We are His visible representation, the body of Christ, on earth; let us show the love of Christ on earth as it is in heaven. Let us know the love of God (Eph 3:14-21) that we might show the love of God!
To take this deeper, love is the entire law summed up in a single word (Gal 5:14); Love is God’s essence (1John 4:8). Those who do not love do not know God, for God is love (1John 4:8). Without love my words have no meaning, I become nothing and there is no meaningful return on any investment I make (1Cor 13:1-3).
Love covers over a multitude of sins, and where perfect love operates there is no fear of judgment (1Pet 4:8 & 1John 4:8). When love enters our heart it cleans us from the inside out of all that would be judged. In fact, the perfect love of God exemplified by Christ on the Cross crossed out the judgment of God against us (Rom 5:8). Without the love of the cross there would still be God’s judgment against us. Let us walk without fear of judgment because of the love we live in (1John 4:18).
A life without love is not a life.
When we are unloving to someone we are judging them as unworthy of love accidentally or intentionally. When we are unloving towards someone, God is displeased. While God may be forgiving, He still judges sin. “For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1Pet 4:17). God judges sin in a believer’s life and will do everything He can to help deliver His children from sin and its effects on our lives. Let us not be an evil judge who belittles the worth of God’s creation. Scripture says if we judge another human we are standing in judgment on Him (James 4:11).
The Judgment of God is an issue not often addressed in many churches. God killed people in judgment, including a husband and wife who lied to the church about money and thus to the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:1-11), and He killed a ruler over Israel for not giving glory to God (Acts 12:23). He will come back in flaming fire in vengeance rebuking those who do not obey the gospel (2Th 1:6-10). That is not to say that God enjoys vengeance, but He does execute it faithfully against those reject Him (Ezek 18:23).
It should be said again that God’s wrath is against those who do not believe the gospel and receive not the love of God (2Th 1:6-10). Wrath is a strong word. There is condemnation as well against those who do not believe the gospel because they have not believed in the name of God’s only Son (John 3:18 & 36). Do you want that to be spoken of you? What about those you know who do not know God or reject God’s love by their lifestyle? Let that not be spoken of us who believe! Let us fight that it might not be spoken of those we know or ought to know! Whoever does not believe God has made Him out to be a liar (1John 5:10).
We can save people from the wrath of God, as Peter did, when, “With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, ‘Save yourselves from this corrupt generation’” (Acts 2:40). Without the knowledge of what will happen to those who do not obey the gospel and what will happen to them if they do obey, our hearts will not see the value of preaching the gospel. If we are unwilling to love someone enough to tell them the gospel, then they will continue to have the wrath of God against them. They may choose not to believe and have the wrath of God abide on them all the more but if they do believe and repent, the wrath of God will be taken from them and they will become the beloved children of God (Ezekiel 3:16-21). If they believe they have eternal life and the love of God dwelling in their hearts with access to the throne of God! Hallelujah! What if they have not known the love of God because they have not been shown the love of God? As the absence of light is darkness, so the absence of love is evil.
Evil only lives in love’s absence. As when light comes darkness cannot but flee, when love is received all evil flees. Love never fails just as light never fails. No one turns on a light switch and hopes that darkness will not prevail against light. The only time darkness can prevail is when the light isn’t on. Let your light shine on evil and cast out darkness! When we love like Jesus, His love is perfected in us, so there is no evil left to judge (1John 4:17-18). Thus, where there is perfect love, there is no judgment.