A Christian’s Heart 2 18 13
(From my 2 18 13 Facebook Post)
The Bible states clearly that God is love. Therefore we always say, God loves the sinner but hates the sin. When we say this, we are often referring to those who have rejected God’s Son, and His salvation for our souls.
I’m not so sure that this is a totally accurate way to characterize God’s love. God says in another Scripture that “The Lord examines the righteous, but the wicked[a] and those who love violence his soul hates.” The “wicked” here are those who refuse to accept God’s truth and salvation and refuse to submit to His authority over them. Another way of putting this is that we know that those who have the Son have life “but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” Wrath is not the product of love; it is the product of God’s hatred of sin and evil.
I certainly believe that God’s hand of love is extended to all because when we were His enemies He died for us. Yet if one continues to reject His salvation, the blessings of God’s love do not rest on him, but the judgment fueled by wrath (born of His hatred of sin and evil) does. I think we’ve got to get clear on who God is and take these warnings seriously. Then we’ve got to see clearly enough to relay these warnings accurately to unbelievers to show them how much trouble they are in if they continue to slap God’s hand of love away.
One thing is sure to me, because we who know the LORD are supposed to be the pillar and foundation of the truth, it is an act of criminal negligence our part to tell a homosexual that his lifestyle is okay or to give aid and comfort to those who do; or to support abortion on demand, or any other depraved notion that has gripped our society.