Yes, people will tell us they believe in a “God of love.” But they are self-deceived, and their lives reveal it. They neither love Him with heart, soul, mind, and strength in return, nor do they worship Him with zeal and energy. The truth is that their mantra “My God is a God of love” is a smokescreen, a phantasm of their imagination.
Underneath it all is a deep mistrust of God – otherwise, why not yield the whole of life in joyful abandon to whatever He says or asks?
— Sinclair Ferguson, “The Trinitarian Devotion of John Owen”