God Love did not spare the anguish.

Posted: March 13, 2012 in Jesus Christ
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1 John 4: 8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

1 john 4: 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him

When we look out at this world and see what humanity does to one another.  The natural gut reaction is to become angry.  Anger soon becomes hatred.  When we look out into the world we live in and see Moslems rage against fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Hatred is just so easy.  Its loving others that’s hard.   Many suffer torture burning persecutions and even killings.  It would be easy to return such hatred with more hatred.  Yet when I look the cross and I am reminded that Gods love endured this.  In his love he spared himself nothing to fulfil the will of his father.  Not one stripe did he miss to express the Fathers Love.  Not One minute less the blows he endured.  It would have been easy for him to slip away.  Miss the blows, call legions upon legions to spare him the embarrassment of the cross.  His love for man was neither weak, nor compromising.  He endured every blow, every cross, ever slap, every whip so that he could expressed a Love that was higher than man could see, deeper that what a man could dig.    Gods love stretched out across eternity, finally to settle into the hearts and minds of those who once hated him.  He did so because the alternative would have been too dreadful to contemplate.

When I look at the cross hatred has no place.  No solace to grow.  When I look at this I am humbled.  I am reminded that I too could have been the object of Gods wrath.  He could have easily have chosen to excluded me from his presence.  But instead choose to extend his love around me and say welcome.  In the face of such love do I have any right to deny it to others, beloved I can’t and to be honest I would not.

Gods love is not some fleeting momentary reflection that would pass as the seasons.  But it is the very characteristic of his nature.  The reflection of who he is.  It is constant and enduring.  His love will be the currency of the world to come.  It will be the passport that brings us home.  Love will be as a light that will shine and give expression to his people.  Words such as Hatred anger strife will be a distant memory, a vocabulary that has become obsolete.

We may spend the rest of eternity growing in the realisation of this love.  When we try and compare our love with his, our fleeting love is like hatred in comparison.  There are depths here that we have yet to ponder.  There is purity and a passion that defines his character and yet we ourselves fall so short of understanding.  We know he is love, but we only understand such love in the light of what we have experienced.  God Love is so much much more.  




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