God’s Wrath Is the Operation of His Love

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God’s wrath is indeed “revealed from heaven” against the wickedness of men, and our inner instinct approves of it, because it must be so. But since God is love, and can never change His nature, His wrath must also be a manifestation of His love, just as a genuine human father shows his love just as much toward his wayward son, when he chastises him, as when he, at other times, gives him good gifts. God’s wrath simply manifests the eagerness of His love, which desires the salvation of His human children, and therefore is bent on overcoming and abolishing all obstacles that hinder His gracious purpose. So His indignation is altogether holy, and His wrath is His love in operation, to bring about the salvation of mankind. This idea of love manifesting itself in wrath is admirably expressed in the Song of Songs 8:6-7 where we read,

… For love is strong as death, its jealousy hard as the unseen, its burning coals as burning coals of fire, the blaze of Yah. Many waters cannot quench love, nor can streams overwhelm it. …

Gustavus Hiller (1852-1939)
The Great Question
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