>Holiness and Love from Differing Perspectives

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“The gospel shows us that God is far more holy and absolute than the moralists’ god, because he could not be satisfied by our moral efforts, even the best! On the other hand, the gospel shows us that God is far mare loving and gracious than the relativists’ god. They say that God (if he exists) just loves everyone no matter what they do. The true God of the gospel had to suffer and die to save us, while the god of the relativist pays no price to love us.”

– Timothy Keller

>And Can It Be?

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“Be sure you see this most wonderful and astonishing of all truths: God took the record of all your sins that made you a debtor to wrath . . ., and instead of holding them up in front of your face and using them as the warrant to send you to hell, God put them in the palm of his Son’s hand and drove a spike through them into the cross. It is a bold and graphic statement: He canceled the record of our debt . . . nailing it to the cross (Col. 2:14).”

– John Piper

>Disease Reflected in the Cure

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“Knowing the cure tells you a lot about the gravity of the disease. In the cross we see what was needed to cure the wound of sin, and we see to what lengths God was willing to go to cure it. Thus we see its true character as something so reprehensible to God, as something so unfit for inclusion in God’s covenant kingdom, that his own Son must suffer. And finally, it is then that we see God’s character as one who goes all the way, who bears the full burden of the covenant upon himself. We see a love beyond all love.”

Michael D. Williams, Far As The Curse Is Found, (Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2005), 76.

>The Importance of Balance

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My reading took me into Psalm 119 this morning, and verse 156 spawned reflection:

“Great is your mercy, O Lord; give me life according to your rules.”

Yes, thankfully God is full of mercy (which is new every morninga), but He is also a God of rules. Jesus was “filled with grace and truth.”

It’s too easy to claim God’s mercy and grace while ignoring His rules and truth.

And it is hard to balance! Alas, the only way to learn balance is to lose it, but I need to guard myself and ask the Spirit to help me be Biblically-balanced lest I slide into licentiousness or legalism…

Comment with any insights you have into this ongoing exercise of keeping balance!

>Embraced by Love

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Ever feel like Alexander in the horrible, terrible, no good day? Are you human enough to get “down” occasionally? Here’s a timely reminder from a Puritan author:

Is it a small thing in your eyes to be loved by God – to be the son, the
spouse, the love, the delight of the King of glory? Christian, believe
this, and think about it: you will be eternally embraced in the arms of
the love which was from everlasting, and will extend to everlasting – of
the love which brought the Son of God’s love from heaven to earth, from
earth to the cross, from the cross to the grave, from the grave to glory
– that love which was weary, hungry, tempted, scorned, scourged,
buffeted, spat upon, crucified, pierced – which fasted, prayed, taught,
healed, wept, sweated, bled, died. That love will eternally embrace you.

Richard Baxter