Love Includes Anger Part II

At times, God has reason to express His relentless love for His people in the form of anger. In Hosea 13: 1- 2 God said to Israel, “When Ephraim spoke, men trembled; he was exalted in Israel. But he became guilty of Baal worship and died. Now they sin more and more; they make idols for themselves from their silver, cleverly fashioned images, all of them the work of craftsmen. It is said of these people, ‘They offer human sacrifice and kiss the calf-idols.’”

Here’s a quick history lesson. The nation of Israel sprang from the 12 sons of Jacob who served as the patriarchs of the 12 tribes of Israel. The tribe of Ephraim in particular started with great promise and great potential. Genesis 48 tells us Jacob even gave his youngest son a special blessing. History also tells us Ephraim was one of the most prominent, respected tribes in Israel – a leader among all the tribes. But the leader of the tribes became the great perverter of the tribes, leading all of Israel into the ridiculous and evil worship of Baal. God loved Israel, but He was legitimately angry over the fact that they’d trashed all their God-given potential. Go was essentially telling the people He loved, “You’ve taken all the dignity and greatness I originally bestowed upon you and invested it in perversion. You’ve thrown away all the promise you once had.”

Here’s how this applies to us. God loves us more than we can imagine, and that love can include being quite ticked off when we trash the potential He’s given us. Real love is aroused to legitimate and constructive anger when it sees a loved one, who has so much good going for them, throwing it all away as if it were garbage. Real love does not remain silent when it sees a loved one ruining themselves and trashing all the potential of a good future. God loves us so much, He will convict us, and even work against us when we trash all of our God-given potential.

About Andy Lewis

Andy is an author, pastor, and musician who lives in Santa Cruz California. Currently he serves as lead pastor at Faith Community Church in Santa Cruz
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