Angry Love

Love is not easily angered, but it is angered. "Be angry and do not sin (Eph. 4:26)." There are things that happen in this world that should genuinely make us angry, and they are not playing sports or driving a car. Pornography, divorce, and abortion are all examples of things that should make us angry.

Christians can sometimes make it seem that love is spelt t-o-l-e-r-a-n-c-e. This is nothing less than idolatry. God's anger toward the sin of people has never changed, and someday it will be drunk in full measure by those who do not know Jesus.
He also will drink the wine of God's wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb (Jesus) (Rev. 14:10).
It is not right to tell people who are not Christians that God is love without properly defining it, because it will not do anybody any good to only accept half of Jesus. Is eternal life given to those who believe that Jesus is a good teacher? No, because that kind of person does not really want a relationship with Jesus. People need to understand that God's wrath is inseparable from His love.

Most Christians acknowledge that they need to demonstrate the love of God to those around them, but is that all? What about the anger of God? Is not anger an important aspect of God's character? Every single person will face the judgment of God.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others (2 Cor. 5:10-11).
And if they face the judgment of God, and do not have a relationship with Jesus, they will also face the wrath of God. If the wrath of God turns someone away from belief in Jesus, then they don't really like Him anyway. What is Heaven if you don't like God? It is probably worse then Hell, but that is beside the point. However, God's purpose is not to condemn the world to Hell.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believes is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil (John 3:16-19).
God reached out to mankind to help us understand Him. He showed us His love by dying for us. He demonstrated His wrath by punishing Jesus for our sins (Rom. 3:23-25). And only God's wrath in juxtaposition with His love demonstrates the meaning of both. This act of angry love is the light which illuminates the character of God. Only those who believe in Jesus escape the wrath to come. Those who persist in following their own ideas and desires will still have to face the anger of God.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him (John 3:36).


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