Saw a clip of a video last night where it was said that there is nothing we can do that will make God love us less. I've also heard that said. Where, exactly, in the bible does it say that? I know there are references throughout regarding God's love for all ....... but where is that one?
You seek to understand His love in light of all of His attributes, for they describe to mankind what God is like as best as can be explained to the created regarding the Creator. It is necessary to understand that all of His attributes are always active and in complete harmony with one another.
Anger is not an attribute. Remember that attributes are first a state of being that dictates action and not just a verb.
Thus, yes, God is love and thus demonstrates love continuous and in harmony with His holiness, justice, righteousness, etc ... God is (first) and from what He is action flows, but in unity and harmony to His whole nature.
His wrath is an action that flows from His character as a whole based on who He is. Justice and righteousness says that sin cannot go unpunished even if He is also love. That is why Jesus had to die on the cross to satisfy the penalty.
Get Tozer's book "Knowledge of the Holy." A must read book IMO. If you have E-Sword you can download it for free. I am currently reading it again.
LT, excellent insight. Thank you
The Bible is written by man. There are many translations of the Bible. So this can be confusing. I know and feel God's love in my heart. I don't know everything but I can't deny God's presence in my life. No two people have the same relationship with God. This is impossible. I am full of God from my head to my toe. He loves me and wants me to show kindness to all. That is what God's love is all about. I don't need to read this from the bible to reinforce or prove to others that my relationship with God is real. . I have spirits come to me, they give me messages to pass on to others. God wants all of us to love one another, nurture peace and harmony. Chaos and turmoil prevents us from hearing God. It prevents us from loving one another. The bible is important and I interpret it according to my private relationship with God. I hope this helps you.
No, no, no, no! Man is only a tool in writing the Bible. Misty, where in the world are you getting these kinds of thoughts? The spirits that are coming to you are telling you things not in accordance with God's Word. You do need the Bible to prove to me that your relationship with God is real - now more than ever.
What I like about what Ravi Zacharias says in the first of these videos is that he brings out the importance of not taking even one single word out of context, and, also, that we have to respect why someone is rejecting a certain worldview, when they are honestly rejecting it. If the deduction they've made can be proven incorrect, then they have to change their view. When a person has adopted a view, the person has rejected something else, and needs to know what both things are. They need to know what they are denying and what they affirming in place of it.
So, I ask Mysty, What is it you're denying? What are you affirming in its place?
You seem to be affirming that a supernatural form of communication exists which you have complete trust in by stating that you "have spirits come to me, they give me messages to pass on to others" but, yet, you are a person, so why do you trust in the messages you are receiving from spirits, as you relay those messages to others, and trust in their origin, but don't trust in the authenticity of the bible which had human authors who were moved by the Holy Spirit, as they wrote, and its origin is God?
2 Peter 1:19-21
English Standard Version (ESV)
19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.