When the text is transferred into word, click to save or print. His love, how can we describe it? Before God created the heavens and the earth He understood His creation in a way that has not yet taken place and still is future to us. God could have scrubbed mankind as his undertaking before he created any one thing, since He knew by his foreknowledge what would take place before it actually occurred. When Adam sinned God corrected Adam by punishment not annihilation. Certainly God would have been justified to scrap man when Eve and Adam actually sinned but instead he gave Adam and Eve punishment making his agricultural work more difficult and changed their relationship to Him. Because of His foreknowledge He committed to a plan, warning them that their punishment would be death, both spiritually and physically if they ate from the tree. God does allow suffering, and punishment. It is all related to His love. Have you ever had a parent punish you for doing wrong as a child and you felt it was completely unfair at the time.
You were angry but now being older you look back on it and are thankful. He has been longsuffering and patient with us throughout history. God was saddened He even made man, as He watched the reality of sin take place, but when He judged, He also gave grace. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! Israel would have none of me. Being angered about her unfaithfulness, and sin when she disobeyed, His justice was still tempered by His love and grace.
So God continued to send prophet after prophet to turn her back to Him. Even when God as love incarnated in man comes to earth Isa. He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.
This love GIVES and continues to give to another without any measuring or limit, it is without conditions on his giving. It asks no reward for doing so its only purpose is to give and asks nothing in return for doing it. But to come into a relationship with this love and the giver of it there are conditions. One commentator writes, Love can offer neither grace nor mercy until the full truth concerning the evil which is to be forgiven has been laid bare. For those who believe in evolution there can be no genuine love, because love has a purpose and commitment, it is founded in our reflection of the creators nature. Without this love is reduced to a feeling dictated by the cultures rules that can change in society. Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! We can only have this ability through the Holy Spirits indwelling. There are two major covenants in the Bible. God said do this, obey and He will bless.
Failure to obey violated His conditions and punishment followed. New Covenant is based on blood of Jesus and is unconditional. Even under the law there was grace and God showed his love in wanting to bless the people. And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul. If they do this they would be blessed abundantly with rain and a good harvest. Today the church is so focused on what we get from God, the emphasis is on healing, prosperity, His blessing, our happiness without ever stopping to think what He wants from us. We love God for what He does in all these things, but what if they were withheld for a time would we still love Him just for Who He is and the Salvation given to us. This is the real difference between a lifestyle of worshipping him surrendered to His service.
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