In light of who we are there is but one course of power that God could possibly present for action against us. Yet with lofty thoughts of self, we are inclined to assume God’s is obligated to meet not just our needs, but our wants as well. As R.C. Sproul suggests, if God exists as God, how could He not be angry with us?
Wrath, in our assessment, is inconsistent with love. One of the sweeping cultural reforms to infiltrate the church is the concept that a natural segregation is formed between love and wrath (and discipline). The definition of love has been one that distorts love into something indiscernible from God and transforms it into something less fulfilling.
Society tells us that true love is displayed when your wants are fulfilled by another. Yet, when love is defined in terms of human conditions, fulfillment of it is never attained because people are sinful. Some will make demands that are too stringent to be fulfilled, while people often fail to meet even the most simplistic of requests.
Beyond leaving individuals without hope and contentment, the apprenticed definition we have on love undermines the holiness of God. Love tells us that the Lord will fulfill all that I want, and when he does not do as a person desires it is called unfair, unjust, unmerciful and contrary to real love. Yet, if God is holy, His love is also holy.
In God’s holiness, He has the right to demand justice. What an abomination sin is and how we have lessened its significance! If we were honest with ourselves, we would capture a vision of how abundant sin is in our lives and just how abhorrent it is. In light of that fact alone, the judgment must be death. Yet, God’s grace prevails and opportunity is given. God’s wrath is kindled and punishment is given in order to create Christlikeness, yet death is not meted out in the instance of our sin.
This is God’s love on display through the grace He has extended. Yet, we make light of God’s grace and demand more. We suggest to God that we are entitled to grace and that He must give it. How the cry would change if we recognized it is not grace that we deserve, but wrath.
Is it not true that when we are wronged we are quick to demand justice? However, when we have wronged others we are quick to demand grace. It is the same in our relationship with God.
We violate His holiness; we insult His justice; we make light of His grace. What a stark contrast our sinfulness is to God’s holiness. It is indicative even more of our need for God in our lives.