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Love requires the ability to choose. The reason we’re free to disobey God is that we need to be free to love if we are to be human, and made in the image of a God who loves. Love can only be love if it’s a free choice. A husband forced up the aisle at gunpoint can’t be trusted when he swears undying love!
I once knew a good woman who was the subject of many doubts, and when I got to the bottom of her doubt, it was this: she knew she loved Christ, but she was afraid he did not love her. "Oh!" I said, "that is a doubt that will never trouble me; never, by any possibility, because I am sure of this, that the heart is so corrupt, naturally, that love to God never did get there without God's putting it there." You may rest quite certain, that if you love God, it is a fruit, and not a root. It is the fruit of God's love to you, and did not get there by the force of any goodness in you. You may conclude, with absolute certainty, that God loves you if you love God.
The crime novelist, Agatha Christie, was married to the archaeologist, Sir Max Malowan, and she used to say that being married to an archaeologist had a certain advantage: because the older she got the more interested he became in her! To love someone is to seek to get to know them better and better. And, as we get to know them, we want to please them; we want to do their will: “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (v. 15). There is all the difference in the world (isn’t there?) between obedience motivated by the fear of the consequences of disobedience, and obedience motivated by love and gratitude. Christian obedience is ‘love-affair’ obedience. It springs out of knowing what Jesus has done for us and loving Him for it.
Both the love and wrath of God are fully affirmed in both Testaments. If anything, this becomes even more pronounced in the New Testament. D.A. Carson puts it this way: "Both God’s love and God’s wrath are ratcheted up in the move from the old covenant to the new…. These themes barrel along through redemptive history, unresolved, until they come to a resounding climax – at the cross." He continues, "Do you wish to see God’s love? Look at the cross. Do you wish to see God’s wrath? Look at the cross."
We notice also that Paul finds a basic unity, even identity between the love of God as it is shown in the objective, factual event of Christ's death on the cross and as it is experienced "in the heart" by teh believer (v5b). An emotional feeling of God's love in itself, is little comfort to th eperson who is lost, condemned, doomed for hell. But a cold, sober historical interpretation that indeed "God love the world" on the cross is of little benefit to a person until that love is experienced, is received, by faith in Christ. It is when these are properly experienced as two aspects of one great love, ultimately indivisible, that our assurance that "hope will not put us to shame" v5a will be strong and unshakable.
John Dawson: "Don't wait for a feeling of love in order to share Christ with a stranger. You already love your Heavenly Father, and you know that this stranger is created by Him, but separated from Hium, so take those first steps of evangelism because you love God. It is not primarily out of compassion for humanity that we share our faith or pray for the lost; it is first of all, love for God. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:7-8: "With good will doing service, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free"
Romans 5 As so often happens in these grand soteriological moments, salvation is the work of God the Trinity: based on God the Father's love that is ultimately predicate, effected historically through the death of Christ, which is here expressly the historical outworking of God's love, and appropriated experientially through the gift of the Spirit whom God has given to us and through whom we actualise the love of God in Christ.
Newspaper columnist and minister George Crane tells of a wife who came into his office full of hatred toward her husband. “I do not only want to get rid of him, I want to get even. Before I divorce him, I want to hurt him as much as he has me. Dr. Crane suggested an ingenious plan “Go home and act as if you really love your husband. Tell him how much he means to you. Praise him for every decent trait. Go out of your way to be as kind, considerate, and generous as possible. Spare no efforts to please him, to enjoy him. Make him believe you love him. After you’ve convinced him of your undying love and that you cannot live without him, then drop the bomb. Tell him that you’re getting a divorce. That will really hurt him.” With revenge in her eyes, she smiled and exclaimed, “Beautiful, beautiful. Will he ever be surprised!” And she did it with enthusiasm. Acting “as if.” For two months she showed love, kindness, listening, giving, reinforcing, sharing. When she didn’t return, Crane called. “Are you ready now to go through with the divorce?” “Divorce?” she exclaimed. “Never! I discovered I really do love him.” Her actions had changed her feelings. Motion resulted in emotion. The ability to love is established not so much by fervent promise as often repeated deeds.
We only find security in God's love towards us, when we realise how much he once had reason to hate us.
We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly
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