Two elements are absolutely essential to genuine Christianity, truth and love. The Bible includes these both in fundamental statements about who God is. We read in I John 4:8 that, God is love. In John's Gospel the Lord declared that He is the truth. It is only a problem of human limitation and failure that we think that we can dispense with one or the other or that the two are impossible to reconcile.
With Valentine's Day fresh in our memory, we should be ready to appreciate the love of God that made Him willing to pay the price for our salvation. The broken law of God required the death penalty be paid. What a price to pay so that the sinner could have eternal life. Nevertheless, "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son" (John 3:16a). The Saviour came down to this earth knowing He would have to die and bear the sins of the world to make a way of eternal life. What love can compare to that? No wonder we read, "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins" (I John 4:10). (The word "propitiation" refers to the satisfaction of the just requirements of God's law by Christ's sacrifice for sin.) We can love in gratefulness for this gift, but here is love in a class and measure all by itself, God's love through Jesus Christ.
God's truth is something that many are less disposed to consider. The thought seems to be, "Can't God just shower His love on me without searching out my heart and actions with truth?" But while love paid the price for our salvation, truth prepares the heart to receive the Saviour personally. It cannot be that we can recreate God to be one of love but no longer the God of truth. It cannot be that we can receive God's saving love but refuse God's truth. The Bible tells us that it is the truth that sets us free. The door to heaven was paid for by love, but the invitation to pass through is an offer of the truth.