I surf the internet a lot and a lot of christian websites and blogs talks about God’s judgement. Some christians cannot wait for God’s judgement to come. Eagerly they wait for God to rain fire down upon their enemies. They wring their hands in anticipation of the terrible things that must come. They pronounce judgement on anybody who does not agree with them. To them, God’s judgement is the worse thing that can happen to a person.
I think the worst thing that can happen to a person is God’s love. God’s love is much more terrible than His judgement. God’s love takes us to places we would rather not go. God’s love leaves us vulnerable to be mocked. To be ridiculed. God’s love opens us up to see the enemy as God sees them. God’s love makes it possible to love our enemy. His love is more than feeling. His love is more than thinking. His love walks the extra mile. Gives more than what is asked. His love pierces our deepest secrets. His love exposes our fears. His love can be excruciating. His love takes away the one we love the most (me). His love is severely out of focus, because He will go after the one and leave the ninety-nine behind. His love is unbearable when we begin to see others through His eyes. It’s terrible to come to Him and know that there is nothing that I can do to deserve this love. It’s dreadful to come to Him and trust His love for me. His love is not fair or perhaps I should say His love is “wrong.”(He should love the good people more, right?) His love not reasonable and for that matter beyond reason. His love is too simple to understand.(Children can, but adults struggle.) His love can ruin us in an instant. His love can wreck us for life. His love sees the beautiful in the repulsive. The handsome in the ugly. His love can leave us weak when we had the notion that we should have been strong. His love disarms our adequacy. His love neutralize our competency. His love is a mystery for the know-it-all’s. His love is known by the weak and the castaways. We are never in charge of His love. It’s too bright. It’s too furious. It’s too forceful. It’s to compassionate. Too kindhearted. Too intense to comprehend.
I’m amazed when people come to me and say that the God I talk about is too soft because I talk too much about His love. And I’m thinking “What are you talking about?” God is love and He is not tame. Not at all.
There is a journey for christians. It’s a journey with God. It’s a journey into His love and where that Love will lead us. This Love is the most wonderful terrible passion that could happen to us. Are we ready for something much, much, much worse that His judgement? I hope so.
Perhaps I should end with these words. Be afraid, be very afraid, because the love of the Lamb will take us into Him and shatter all the notions we have on how things should be 🙂