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I love you. You know that. You also know that we disagree about a lot of things. This is one of those things, specifically your point about it being hard to communicate God’s love without referencing His wrath. If that is so essential, then why is it that so often in scripture when things seem to be boiled down to just the essentials we are never instructed to bring up God’s wrath? The great commandment, the great commission, Paul says “And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love”. He also said “the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love.” The power of God’s grace and love does not need to be added to in order to increase its effectiveness, it stands on its own and wrath does not raise its potency. God’s plan of salvation was predicated on His love, not His wrath; “For God so loved the world . . . “.
I don’t believe that you have to convince people that there are things wrong with the world and things wrong in their own life. It is also common knowledge that almost every action, good or bad, will set in motion consequences – its just the way the world works. However, when you tell someone about a perfect God that prevents convicted criminals from being stoned, or who sits down to have a conversation with an adulteress in order to inform her that her Messiah has arrived, when you can bring awareness to a kind of love that operates outside the reality with which we are most familiar – you don’t have to talk about wrath. Don’t discount the fact that something significant changed in the way that God relates to the world when Jesus came.