Day 12 (teaching)

A GENUINE STEWARDSHIP (cont.)

As we conclude AN EXPRESSION of the LOVE being a fundamental part of genuine Lordship, we find that verse 8 concludes with and verse 16 restates three beautiful and life changing words, God is love. Of these three words commentator John Phillips writes:

How thankful we can be that the gods of Greece and Rome are dead, that Mount Olympus has been forsaken of its proud, quarrelsome, lustful, capricious, and vengeful gods. Who could ever feel at home with Jupiter, father of the gods and men, who himself was a creature born? His father was Saturn, described as a monster who devoured his children. Thunder was Jupiter’s weapon, and his son Mars gloried in war. Another son, Vulcan, was favored by Jupiter because he forged the thunderbolts that Jupiter hurled. But Jupiter was born lame, an offense that so displeased his mother, Juno that she flung him out of heaven. And these are but the beginning of sorrows when on thinks of God as the Greeks and Romans thought of god.

Until Jesus came. Now those venal and vengeful gods are gone, banished into a well-earned oblivion by a God who is love. God, too, is the Egyptian pantheon of cows, cockroaches, and crocodiles. The fierce, frivolous, and foul gods of the Hindus linger on as an example to the world of the abysmal follies of idolatry. But even these gods stand no chance when their devotees realize that God is not like that at all. God is love.

As a teacher I’ve had to come to the conclusion that the greatest truth in the world cannot be truly explained but must be truly experienced. The love of God is best caught rather than taught; and when caught it changes a person’s life in a way that knowledge and facts never will.

Paul, a great teacher in his own right, sums up God’s love this way in the latter part of Romans chapter 8:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

NAY!

neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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