He Does It All in Love
For He wounds, but He also binds up; He injures, but His hands also heal. Job 5:23 NIV
God hates sin. Sin is so contrary to God’s nature, that He cannot allow sin anywhere in His presence. This is precisely why God turned His back on Jesus when He was on the Cross. Because sin must be punished, and because God (in the Trinity) is the only one without sin, in His justness He must do the punishing. This next statement may sound harsh to you, but I truly believe a loving God, because of His justness, feels no remorse in carrying out that punishment. He does it all in love.
Just as God must do the punishing, God also gets to do the rewarding. God gets to award salvation. He gets to mend a broken heart, create new life, and wipe the tears from our eyes. God gets to paint sunsets, shape the clouds and transform a caterpillar into a butterfly. He does it all in love.
Dear friend, God is love; first and foremost. God is also just. I hope you can see both sides to the character of God. His justice will allow sin, and those in sin, to be cast for eternity into Hell. His love and His grace will allow sinners, who call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to spend an eternity with Him in Heaven. He does it all in love.
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