GOD IS LOVE

The general tendency of people to comment when somebody suffers or dies or goes through a problem is like this, “S/he does this that’s why s/he is suffering this or that.”

But God’s perspective is not like of human’s or it is not always like that as we think.

Let’s take a simple example of a family with two sons. One son is very obedient and another son is very naughty. Can you guarantee that a father loves his good son more than his naughty son? The truth is the father loves both his sons even when he punishes and harsh with the naughty son of his. But still a father or mother can be partial in showing her/his love towards his/her children. I have plenty of examples around me of such parents. But God’s love is not influenced by anything that we do or by anyone or any situation.

Today we live in such a world where love is so adulterated. If we see we find only broken relationships all around us. Pure love is so much needed to start the healing process of all these brokenness. And God’s love in this context makes the difference.

God’s love has THREE major characteristics which will explain it clearly: 

  1. God‘s Love is Eternal: As God is unchanging His love also never changes. His unfailing love never ceases. It is eternal as He is an eternal.

Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the unlimited love of God. 

  1. God‘s Love is Unconditional: I always wonder how God has been so loving and shows His cares and mercy unconditionally even if I go against His precepts.

God always makes His sun rise on those who are evil and on those who are good, and makes the rain fall on the righteous and the unrighteous.

  1. God‘s Love is gives Freedom: God’s love brings freedom to the people who trusts and accepts in His saving act as an expression of His love towards us.

During the character study of God training program I remember one passage which I would like to quote here:

Not only are you set free from the consequences of all your sins: past, present, and future, but you are also set free from the present power of sin in your life. The temptation to be irritable, impatient, angry, or self-indulgent no longer controls you.

There was a song which I love always to sing… I would like to quote here as well which describes how powerful is God’s love…

I was sinking deep in sin,
Far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within,
Sinking to rise no more.
But the Master of the sea

Heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me.
Now safe am I.

Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me.
Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help
Love lifted me.

God’s love also sets us free from fear. Fear of literally everything. Imagine of a person who loves you and this same person has all knowledge to know exactly what is best for you, and all power to allow only what is best to happen in your life. Will you be afraid him? NO. God is exactly like that.

There is no fear in love, dread does not exist. But perfect, complete, full-grown love drives out fear, because fear involves the expectation of divine punishment, so the one who is afraid of God’s judgment is not perfected in love and has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love.

God formed this beautiful universe in love. He wanted to have that loving relationship with the mankind and thus He created them in His own image and given all authority over this earth on everything that He created for them only. It is true that the evil one and sin have distorted everything that He planned and brought God’s justice in action but His love has always made sure that He save and rescue His created human-being from the eternal punishment.  It is not that we love Him first but God loved us first because He is love.

Friends, trust in His love and accept Him in your life to stay safe not only in this world but for eternity.

Stay Blessed!!! 

GOD IS JUST

Angry mob lynched two robbers to death and injured another one in Nayagarh district of Odisha. The three robbers were about to flee after looting Rs 3 lakh from Canara Bank when the locals nabbed them and beat them to death.

The above incident happened just yesterday. The mob cumulatively decided to mete justice by punishing the wrong-doers. This is an instance of instant justice. Some of us may applaud the mob for their heroism. Others may think that the people should have simply nabbed the culprits and handed them over to the police without taking the law into their hands. Whatever the opinions may be, we all would surely agree that in such cases and others it is necessary for justice to be delivered.

All wrong actions deserve punishment. When we hear of or experience wrong acts which often go unpunished we wonder if there is justice in the world after all. Often we think, ‘Why is God silent?’ Sometimes our thoughts wander off to the extreme where we wonder if there is a God after all!

Our concept of justice may vary at times from situation to situation or from person to person. We may be lenient towards people close to us and strict towards others. But, God is a Righteous and Just Judge. Accepting and understanding the fact that God is Holy, consequentially leads us to the truth that God is Just. If God is Holy and cannot tolerate sin, definitely He will not let any sin go unpunished. Hence, He is Just. This realization is both assuring and frightening.

The assurance that we get from the truth that God is Just is that sooner or later God will deal with all unjust actions. No injustice can escape God’s justice. God’s delays are not His denials to impart justice. At the same time, His ways are not our ways and His time is not our time. He may choose to deliver justice in a way we may not be expecting or we may not like. He may deliver justice instantly or after a long time. But, one thing is for sure that He does deal justly.

When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.”

And so along with the assurance, the Just nature of God brings us face to face with the realization that our own wrong doings also deserve God’s wrath and will not go unpunished. God doesn’t measure the intensity and magnitude of sin. For Him, what is not Holy is sinful. There is no big sin and small sin before God. Stealing, lying or cheating are sins equivalent to murder or rape! And so when we introspect and find ourselves falling short of God’s standards, we are sure of encountering God’s justice. He being the author of our life knows fully well where we have fallen short of His standards. There is nothing hidden from Him – He is Omniscient. This realization having to face a Just God one day, definitely creates a feeling of fear and dread. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Sin destroys! A Holy, Just and Loving God cannot be a mute spectator to the havoc brought forth by the horrors of sin. The holiness of God does not permit Him to tolerate sin. At the same time, a good God cannot be good and faithful till the very end if He is not Just.

So, friends remember that God is Just and His infinite ways of executing justice cannot always be understood or comprehended with our finite minds.

Stay blessed!!!