LOVE and WRATH?

For starters, this is NOT about Clinton or Trump!!!

It’s about here and hereafter.

It’s this -and- that, sun -and- cloud, clear -and- rain, life -and- death. This is reality regardless how we seek to mentally, emotionally or spiritually re-arrange the dynamic truth of it.

Just read a sad tale of a lady who as a little girl ran right into the shock/horror/pain (very real and understandable) of seeing death up close and personal. Followed by her Christian mother tearing apart her room and ripping up her journal some years later with incredible rage over her writings which seemed demonic to her mother. The now older woman writes that she still does not believe there is a God.

Paul in writing letters to believers said a LOT of stuff… and both sides of life in this broken world show up… in the extreme:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1.3)
[He goes on to say one part of experiencing comfort in the midst of suffering is to bring empathy and understanding for others later on…]

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness (Romans 1.18)

Yet in Romans chapter 8 (plz see vs. 31-39 for the whole picture) verse 39 Paul writes: [nothing…] will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We also hear John in Revelation 6.1-11 and again in chapter 19.11-16 clearly speak of God’s righteous anger and judgment, indeed wrath upon humans as well as a rather clear look as to -why-.

Lastly, Jesus is quoted on this subject on several occasions in the Gospels (GOOD News…) but perhaps the most obvious is at the same time deeply comforting OR painfully distressing:
(my CAPS for emphasis)

16 For God SO LOVED the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to SAVE the world through him. 18 Whoever BELIEVES in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

And in verse 36, also attributed to Jesus Christ Himself- Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

When you are the true God, you are utterly holy, righteous in all your thoughts and judgments. NOT SO WE HUMANS. And that’s the rub- we want it our way with zero repercussions. Love for me, “justice” [vengeance, perhaps suffering??!] for my enemies or at least those I judge as being “the lessers”.

Reaping what one sows flies in the face of mercy BUT/AND living a life in and out of God’s love reflects His mercy.

Faith in Him, trusting in His forgiveness, forgiving others, walking when you can barely crawl… this has made my life worth living and I fully expect eternally with Him and His people as well REGARDLESS of past, present or future circumstances.

In a fallen, sinful, broken world, one in which we so want to BE GOD -we likely think the only righteous anger is our own. Disbelief and unbelief is a normal, understandable response when we are in agony, when we suffer, when our loved ones suffer, when we read about the horrible injustices in our world- and not only at present but as one studies human history from the time of Cain and Abel.

I am deeply thankful The Bible tells enough of the story, both sides of it- to help us navigate both realities of everyday life.

Perhaps worth considering? As always, thanks for stopping by! -Glenn

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