This came to me a few days ago. A friend said that it was good as far as it went, but that there wasn't enough about God's chastisement. I added one sentence about that later. At any rate, here it is. Comments are welcome. --------------------------------------------------------- The title statement may seem shocking or incomprehensible. Evil brings much pain and suffering to this world. Bitterness, hatred, trauma, violence, and it goes on and on. History is littered with the consequences of evil. But we need to know this: Love is something that can never be forced. You cannot MAKE someone love you. You can attempt to make yourself more attractive to them perhaps, but attracting the person doesn't necessarily mean they love you; they may be out for their own pleasure, or trying to fulfill a need. God's love, however, is totally pure. God IS love. He will never force us to choose Him, and if He did, it wouldn't be real love; it would be a lie. Therefore, God allows us to accept or reject Him. He doesn't want false love. He knows that real love is a totally free decision. Don't confuse what people may have presented to you as God's love; there may be a confusion in your heart and mind between how people may have treated you, how some bad things have happened to you, and what you would consider love. Instead, go read the Bible and see how merciful God is to the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11), or the book of Judges, where over and over God rescued His wayward people, or the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, where God mercifully brings back His people to Israel after a period of exile for their grievous sins. Notice the story of Peter in John 18:15-18, 25-27 and 21:15-19, how Jesus gently draws Peter back to Him after denying him three times. You will notice that God is always offering love, even when people are doing wrong things. You may not be aware of the things you are choosing. It may even be that some people unconsciously choose or reject God's love. I am not the one to judge whether you have accepted or rejected God. But, I do believe that if you reject His love, evil will grow. Maybe you don't even realize you're doing it. So, God allows us incredible freedom. He gives us real love, and He wants only real love from us. It is our choice to accept His love or not. [His love can include chastisement, but it's a loving chastisement designed to guide us back to His truth.] The consequences of our choice are huge.
April 11, 2015