Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Some Solace In These Times

Is it possible to both love and hate something?  I think so.  Consider many relationships, how they are described as a "love/hate relationship."

God both loves and hates.  Love is preeminent . . . like how light is superior to dark; dark being the absence of light.  Light makes darkness flee when it is brought into a room, while darkness is impotent when put up against light.

It would appear love comes first, then hate.  And that hate serves love in the end.  For instance, if you love someone or something very much, you hate what would harm him/her/it.  God loves righteousness and thus hates its enemy iniquity.

I find I can love my enemies--pray for them--while at the same time abhorring that they serve iniquity, work perversion and destruction, hating God.

I tremble at the severity of God's wrath--what He does to punish the wicked.  I pains me to think of the eternal torment that will be meted out to those who rejected the Son of God.  At the same time I am eager to see . . . finally . . . the evil doers get their just due. 

With disgust I watch how the haters of God and God's children seek to sow chaos, discord, violence, perversion in the world, in our culture--the demagogues stirring up strife and division between the people for their own selfish, power-hungry ends.  While I can genuinely pray "forgive them Father, they know not what they do" . . . I look forward to that day when God's vengeance is wrought on those who persecuted the saints and rejected the Messiah. 

Did you know that: "The godly will rejoice when they see injustice avenged. They will wash their feet in the blood of the wicked." --Psalm 58:10

Regarding the final fall of Babylon--the powers and principalities of antichrist and all her minions, the heavens cheer:   "Rejoice over her fate, O heaven and people of God and apostles and prophets! For at last God has judged her for your sakes."  --Rev. 18:20

"When the saints in glory shall see the wrath of God executed on ungodly men, it will be no occasion of grief to them, but of rejoicing.
It is not only the sight of God's wrath executed on those wicked men who are of the antichristian church, which will be occasion of rejoicing to the saints in glory; but also the sight of the destruction of all God's enemies: whether they have been the followers of antichrist or not, that alters not the case, if they have been the enemies of God, and of Jesus Christ. All wicked men will at last be destroyed together, as being united in the same cause and interest, as being all of Satan's army. They will all stand together at the day of judgment, as being all of the same company." J. Edwards
 
Though I will not cease trying to reach the lost . . . being commanded to preach the Gospel, make disciples, love and forgive, and become approved to "give an account for the hope that lies within" . . . . . . I also take solace, as I look around and see raging of the heathen and the abject deceit, perversity, violence and rebellion they sow in our society . . . knowing that God will avenge His people . . . and God's people will cheer His righteous, perfect judgment as death and rebellion are consigned to the fires of Hell.

Brother Thomas ©2015

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