Monday, February 6, 2012

A Loving God

Good morning to you all. We left off with the question, How can a loving God send someone to hell? This question goes to the very core of God's nature, which according to scripture is unchangeable. He truly is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

God hates sin. He can't be partakers of the darkness. God is light and in Him there is no darkness. Listen to what the Apostle Peter said in 2 Peter 3:8

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

How can a loving God send his own creation to the very pit of hell? He does NOT want any of his creation to be separated from him! All through scripture God is depicted as a loving Father, wanting the best for his children. But like any good father he doesn't want his children to go astray. He wants us to obey him, even obey when we don't understand. When we don't obey there are some natural consequences.

When we first started raising our children I had a lot to learn. The idea that I had to be consistent was foreign to me. Thankfully I had a wise husband who showed me the errors of my way (insert smile) We chose to give our children natural consequences. Again that was a foreign concept too. My husband must have layed in bed at night dreaming up natural consequences for our kids. I can remember one time the boys had been told that if they threw the baseball in the house it would break a window. They went through this phase of tossing a ball till one day... You guessed it, they broke a window. Not just any window either, they broke a very large window in the dining room. In the adult world when you break something you have to pay to get it fixed. So, that is what they did. They had to dump out their piggy banks and pay for a window instead of getting the new toy they were saving up for! I don't recall them ever playing ball in the house again!

God, our Father and Master of the Universe does NOT want his children to come to harm. He wants us all to follow him. He begs and pleads for us to be obedient children. He even sent his only son to provide grace and mercy. Now here is the rub, if his children chose not to follow then there are natural consequences. That consequence is the ultimate consequence, separation from God forever. So the answer to the question is he doesn't want his children to turn away from him but like any good father there will be consequences to our behavior.

More on Wednesday.

In Christ Alone,

Jill




Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jill :) So True! Trust & Obey for there's no other way...to be happy in Jesus...have a good day. Ana at Our front Porch: aharshaw.blogspot.com

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