How many times have you heard someone proclaim after doing something wrong that they ‘did it for love’?
Some people have even murdered and claimed that they did it for love. It’s even stated in the lyrics to one of Al Green’s most popular songs,”Love and Happiness”…
“Love will make you do wrong”.
Well as much as I enjoy Al Green’s music, I have to say that he was wrong about that.
Just as the enemy wants to pervert everything else holy, he has been oh too successful perverting how we often define or misdefine love – prompting people to justify much of their wrong to ‘doing if for love’.
‘God is love’ is more than just a simile. God literally IS pure love…
1 John 4:8 (NKJV)
8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Anytime you see the word love in the bible, you can easily replace it with the title ‘God’ and the verse will mean the same…
Corinthians 13:1-8 (NKJV)
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
One could very easily paraphrase these verses by saying “Love does no wrong”.
If God is Love (which He is) then Love is God. If God can do no wrong, then that means that Love can do no wrong. If God can’t make you do wrong, then that means Love can’t make you do wrong.
So, as much as it sounds good in songs, poems and even as a defense in court (crimes of passion)…love can never make you do wrong.