The essential qualities of Divine Love are not conditional or contractual but covenantal. As we co-respond with God through the agency of the Holy Spirit, we come in touch with the “Light” and “Life” of the world, which can get inside our blindness and deafness and forge a whole new identity. How far will God go to show his love to us? To eternity!
The journey of transformation (Romans 12) is not an easy process especially when mindsets have been locked in for a long period of time. Reviewing things in the light of Jesus’ life and character is perhaps the only way to determine what has to change. But those changes are not effected purely by our will but by encounters with the unconditional love of God and the magnificent work of the Holy Spirit- a process that takes humility and grace - not to mention a willingness to risk!
As we review the “Beautiful” acrostic treatment of our breathtaking Gospel, we see Jesus even more clearly as the embodiment of God – the consuming and refining fire of love. This is for everyone, as Scripture clearly states. What are we waiting for? Let us respond wholeheartedly to the Great Physician who desires nothing more than our freedom and restoration.
Our understanding and approach to heaven and hell needs some re-evaluation if we consider God to be a judge who restores and heals rather than a judge who punishes. Retribution is not the character or language of love. If Jesus came to show us the Father, surely there appears to be some serious contradictions within the Trinity if eternal punishment and torture are a means of restoration!!!!?