It is not wrong to love God for what He has done for us. Not to do so would be the very baseness of ingratitude. To love God purely for what He is, is by some spoken of as that highest kind of love, into which enters no element of self. It is not so. For in that case, you are actuated by the pleasure of loving; and this pleasure of loving an infinitely lovable and glorious Being of necessity introduces self. Besides, to say that we are to love God solely for what He is, and not for what He has done, is to make ingratitude an essential element of pure love. David’s love shewed itself in “not forgetting God’s benefits” (Psa 103:2). But this so- called “pure love” soars beyond David’s, and finds it a duty to be unthankful, lest perchance some selfish element mingles itself with its superhuman, superangelic purity.
~ Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)