Your Daily Meditation on December 21, 2017 at 07:00AM

God’s wrath is indeed “revealed from heaven against the wickedness of men, and our inner moral 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 thee 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:

“Set me as a seal upon thine arm: For love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as Sheol; the flashes thereof are flashes of fire, a very flame of Jehovah, Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it: If a man would give all the substance of his house for love, he would utterly be condemned.”

From “The Great Question” by Gustavus Hiller.