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Monday, March 12, 2012

The Honor of it

How precious is Thy loving kindness, O God!  Psalms 36:7 (New American Standard Bible)

Have you ever tried to make someone love you?  It’s impossible. They would either loathe the attempt to overcome their will or might fake it to avoid unpleasant consequences.  “I’ll make you love me” is coercion.  Love comes out of respect and reaches its zenith when it is given willingly. 

There would be no glory for God to program unwitting persons to worship Him when they did not have the choice to say no. It would just be performance.  The act of choice is one of love’s defining features.  

We would not know of the fullness of God’s awesome love either had He no reason to demonstrate it.  That demonstration to us through the cross was undeniably an overwhelming display of loving kindness that defies logic or invention.  He is worthy of our praise and it is all the more breathtaking when we return it from our hearts.  That’s the honor of it.  We love Him because He first loved us (1st John 4:19).