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The Love Of God: A Difficult Doctrine

Mal 1:2-5

Mal 1:2-3 "I have loved you," says the LORD. "But you ask, 'How have you loved us?' "Was not Esau Jacob's brother?" declares the LORD. "Yet I have loved Jacob, (3) but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals."

At first glance the love of God seems extremely simple, however we would be remiss if we did not consider how the culture views the love of God and how that affects how we have been conditioned to think about God’s love. In some people’s minds, there is a strange dichotomy between the picture of God of the Old Testament and the New. It somehow does not fit well together, and therefore we avoid looking at God in the Old Testament and focus our eyes on the picture of God in the New.

As Christians if we believe the entirety of scripture we are forced to take a look at God in the seemingly difficult places in scripture, and then form an accurate picture about the love of God. Why is understanding the love of God important? The answer not only informs how we perceive God, but it also informs our faith, and how we act as a result of that faith in our Christian walk.

Paul in the book of Ephesians asks us to “Follow God’s example” and “walk in the way of love”, and an accurate understanding of the love of God is crucial in how we walk in the way of love.

Ashok Bruno

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