Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Scriptures on Love and Sin.... A Follow Up Post

My last post was on love, sin and Westboro Baptist Church. To read it go here.

Today, I am just going to put some scripture to what I said last time, so you all know I am not making this up. :)

On God's authority to send us to Hell....

"But I'll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he's the one to fear." Luke 13:5

"If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.  Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?  For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[ and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”[  It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." Hebrews 10: 26-31

On us all being sinners and God's loving us in spite of it:

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" Romans 3:23

"Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die.  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:7-9

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

On Loving Our Enemies...

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Matthew 5:44

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you." Luke 6:27

And one final thought:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

When Westboro Baptist Church announced that they were going to protest the funeral of a soldier last Saturday the soldier's church and community united around the family. Something good came of something potentially horrible. Apparently, in the end, there was no sign that Westboro even showed up. God is indeed good.

Have a blessed day!!

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