Godís Love and Godís Wrath

(Preached first on 09/08/09, Sunday)

Introduction (Secure Attention) and FCF:
Do you want to know as to why sometimes you are not able to love the Lord?
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This morning, you will discover the secret of loving the Lord more than ever before!
Today, we are going to close the series on the ďAttributes of GodĒ.
This morning, Iím going to talk about Godís love and Godís wrath.

I. Godís Love.
The Bible specifically identifies three aspects of the nature of God:
1) "God is Spirit" (Jn. 4:24)
2) "God is Light" (I Jn. 1:5)
3) "God is Love" (I Jn. 4:8, 16).
This means that God is not merely one (among many) who loves, but that God is Love itself.
When we say that "God is Love" today, people have the wrong idea of what love is.
Godís love is NOT a passionate desire to have (a lust).
Godís love is NOT a compromise on truth and justice.
Godís love is NOT a sickly sentiment, patterned after human emotion.
Godís love is His voluntary decision to do what is best for anyone irregardless of their worthiness.
What would cause God to love a people who do not deserve His love, perhaps do not want His love, but desperately need His love?
God loves us because He is love!
Godís love is unconditional, yet conditional.
Illustration: A mother is having a test of wills with her two-year-old. The young boy wants to continue playing, but it is time for bath and bed. Mom has already given him a five-minute grace period. Now she insists he will do as she says. If the child could speak articulately, he might say, "If you really loved me, youíd let me do what I want." As adults, we can identify with Mom here. She is expressing love, but is it unconditional? Yes, in the sense that she will love her son even if he disobeys. But no, in the sense that she is requiring conditions.
But if we continue to disobey, the Lord may even discipline us or punish us.

Jn. 15:13 Ė Christís sacrificial love.
Godís Love is Sacrificial.
Illustration: A certain medieval monk announced he would be preaching next Sunday evening on "The Love of God." As the shadows fell and the light ceased to come in through the cathedral windows, the congregation gathered. In the darkness of the altar, the monk lighted a candle and carried it to the crucifix. First of all, he illumined the crown of thorns, next, the two wounded hands, then the marks of the spear wound. In the hush that fell, he blew out the candle and left the chancel. There was nothing else to say.
I John 4:9-10
"How did God love us?"
Verse 9 - "showed"
While love is an unseen virtue, love that is unseen is not love (the unseen virtue of love will always make itself seen).
The price tag on Godís love was His Son.
Agape love gives - Jn. 3:16.
You can sacrifice without loving (I Cor. 13:3), but you cannot love without sacrificing.