Today has been an awesome day for sermons.
Both of the ones preached at Harvard were so encouraging and just what my heart needed. (sanctification)
This evening we started a new Sunday nigh series on Malachi.
One of the things Pastor Tad stressed was the love of God.
The book of Malachi is an oracle- a burden- given by God to Malachi to speak to HIS people.
God is not pleased with His people.
You could say that He is aggravated.
But look what God says.
The word for love in the original language is not past tense but rather a static condition.
God loves His people continually.
His people asked Him with haughty wicked hearts.
"How have you loved us?"
They have the wrong heart attitude but the question is good.
In today's culture love carries with it the idea of a feeling.
When God says He loves is it nothing more than a "warm feeling?"
It is so important that we know what God is saying when He tells us He loves.
When we have right thinking it is so encouraging to the Believing heart!
Pastor Tad pointed out 5 aspects of the love of God.
- the love that exists between the persons in the Trinity.
John 5:20, 14:31
- the care, concern, and delight God takes in His creation.
It does use "love" per say to describe this but we know that God delights in what He has made.
He calls His creation VERY GOOD.
It is his general benevolence.
3. Salvific love towards His fallen World.
John 3:16, 1 John 2:2, Ezekiel 38:11
4. Particular for the Elect
- His love for a particular people- the ones He has Redeemed.
Ephesians 1, Ephesians 5:25, Deuteronomy 7:7-8, 10:14
- God is working to make His own more like Him.
Jude 1:21, Hebrews 12:5-6
How beautiful the love of God.
The aspects of His love cause my heart to rejoice.
Exploring each aspect proves the goodness of our Great God.
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD rejoice!