Friday, May 09, 2014

Which frame do you live in?

In the legal framework, the divine wrath has been viewed as vindictive anger and God as vengeful. But wrath is not a dark side of God that frustrates his grace and demands satisfaction. It is an aspect of God’s saving righteousness. It is the other side of God’s saving action, and it serves grace. Even in wrath, grace is working. Humanity is not destined for wrath but for salvation (1 Thess 5:9). God prefers not to be angry: “I will not execute my fierce anger” (Hos 11:9). He wants to be merciful (Rom 11:32). The cross reflects not God’s thirst for retribution but his determination to overcome alienation and enslavement.— Flame of Love, page 109

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Amen! Preach on!
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