From Pastor Brady
Trust me, you don’t want a God who never gets angry, because, as we’ve said before, anger flows from love. If God doesn’t get angry, then He probably doesn’t love you. Don’t ever think that you serve a God who is somehow oblivious to the hurtful nature of your sin. He is a person, with feelings, and beyond that He is fully righteous and holy and good in all His ways. Do you get angry over sin? Well then, of course God does too.
But, trust me in this also, you DO want a God who is slow to anger.
God’s anger is settled and decided. It is calculated. It is holy. It is never selfish. It is for our good. It is not erratically explosive. It is thought out and planned. It is purposeful.
The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Psalm 145:8
God is “slow to anger.” Even though we provoke Him day after day with our idolatry and selfishness, violating His character, and worshipping everything else under the sun but Him, He is patient and long suffering with us. Have you praised God (Psalm 145 is a Psalm of praise) for his slowness to anger with you?
God is also abounding in steadfast love towards you. We cannot separate these two traits. God’s slow moving anger and his fast moving, gushing love go hand in hand. They all flow from the same perfectly pure and good heart. A heart that seeks only what is best for you.
“Steadfast love” is covenant love. In the Hebrew Old Testament this is the word hesed. The Old Testament also uses another word for love, ahava. Ahava is the word for love used in places like the Song of Songs. It is a great word that has giving at its root. God has ahava love for us, but He also has hesed. Like His anger, this love is settled and purposeful. It is rooted in covenant, so it can never quit, never leave, never run away, never fail. When God enters into covenant with us He both HAS to love us, and He WANTS to love us.
This is not like the love that we have for each other. We have the love of attachment. We feel attraction and call it love. We desire something from someone and confuse that with love. Attachment love is the love of lovers and the love of a parent for a child. It is not a bad thing, but it is a low level love, built into each one of us. It is not supernatural. Often it can become sinful- manipulative, controlling, and co-dependent.
God’s love is beyond the feelings of attachment. It is a covenant love. A supernatural love. It is the love that says, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” This is the love that put God on a cross for you. This is the love that is poured out on you day after day.
God can’t not love you.
God can’t love you any less than He does.
God can’t love you any more than He does.
We don’t have to earn this love, or maintain this love. Remember, it is beyond attachment love. It is loyal, covenantal, steadfast love. Unaltered by you. Unfathomable in its depths. Unsearchable in its riches. Undeniable in its reality. Unbreakable in its power.
Will you praise God for His abundance of steadfast love today?