Hebrews 12:29 says, “For our God is a consuming fire.”
Yet isn’t God a God of Love?  Let’s look at this closer.  1 Corinthians 13 is commonly known as the Love chapter, so let’s examine this chapter a little closer:

1 Corinthians 13

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. 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. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

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. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love

Love thinks no evil

God is not evil and does not think evil thoughts.  When was the last time that you went through an entire day without thinking an evil thought?  How much more if we looked at your entire life.  God will not allow evil and/or sinners into Heaven.  He is a God of love and does not rejoice in inquity but rejoices in truth.

Jesus says that He is the way, the truth and the life and no one comes to the Father but by Him.  This is because He was perfect.  It says in verse 10 that when, “that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.”  We are “in part” and we are not a part of God aside from Christ.

This is because Jesus lead a perfect sinless life and He was the only one qualified to take away our sins.  Through His propitiation (that measn that He appeased the wrath of God) for our sins we can be saved.  But since He is the ONLY one that took the penalty for our sins then He is the only one by which we can be saved.

The greatest of these is love

Jesus is the complete and full expression of God’s love and as such is the only means for our salvation.  Because Jesus loved us enough to die on the cross for us and because He is truth He warned us about Hell.  As it says in Hebrews, God is a consuming fire.  If He appeared before you today your sin, along with your body would be completely consume since sin cannot exist in His presence.  It is only by His grace and longsuffering that He hasn’t appeared to you this day.  He wants you to repent now so that you don’t spend an eternity in Hell and so that He can have an eternal relationship with you.