Balance


I am concerned that the Christian church has failed to proclaim a balanced message in almost every respect.  For example I recently read a publication by a well-known and well-respected Christian teacher which proclaimed that 'God is love'.  My immediate thought was, "That is true, but that is not the whole truth!"  A balanced message would be that God is love, and God is also a consuming fire.

One of my favorite passages of Scripture is this:

2 Cor 1:3  Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all help, Who helps us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to help those who are in all affliction with the help with which we ourselves are helped by God.
2 Cor 1:3  Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
2 Cor 1:4  who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in all affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

And Yet I must add the following so as not to mis-represent God:

Rom 11:22  Behold then the kindness, and the severity of God; on those having fallen, severity; but on you, kindness, if you continue in the kindness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.

This balanced representation of God is essential if one is to be reconciled with God, and if one wants to have real joy in one's life.  Years ago I was 'arrested' by the following verses of Scripture:

Heb 1:8  But to the Son [God] says, "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.  You have loved righteousness and hated iniquity, therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your fellows."

This passage is actually a quote of an Old Testament passage in Psalms:

Psa 45:6  Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; the staff of Your kingdom is a staff of righteousness.
Psa 45:7  You love righteousness, and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your fellows.

The effect of this knowledge of a balanced view of God is that we can only obtain mercy if we acknowledge our guilt!  And our repentance is only as deep as our acknowledgment of our guilt before God.  And our reconciliation with God is only as complete as our recognition of how contrary we are to Him in our thoughts and desires and deeds.

I love the old saying, "The only thing I need to be humble is to know the truth about myself."

In 1997 a friend gave me a copy of Rick Joyner's book entitled "Final Quest".  In it Rick Joyner goes before the Judgment Seat of Christ, and is shown the truth about himself.  So I decided that I needed the same ultimate reality check.  When I asked God to show me the truth about myself I was shocked to discover that I was not nearly the same person that I had thought I was!  It was painful, but it was worth the pain.  And I find that this process goes on and on as God holds a mirror up to me in various ways to continue to uncover my faults and sins.  But the joy I experience as God graciously shows me the truth makes it all worthwhile!!

Don't, dear reader, be satisfied with limited comfort which only saves you from your current crisis.  Ask God to sanctify you entirely.

1Th 5:23  And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blamelessly at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And don't, dear reader, fool yourself in to thinking that you are better than you are.  I don't believe that a fool's paradise leads to the real Paradise!