Well the online discussion last week didn’t exactly start with a bang (in fact to call it a “discussion” would be a bit misleading) but I’m guessing that could have A LOT to do with the fact that most of the books haven’t arrived yet! We’re really sorry about that – it seems that the suppliers are having some trouble filling our order from local sources.
But in the meantime, I’ll keep posting a kickoff blog each week and if you want to join in when you get your hands on your book you can just find the relevant post for wherever you’re up to.
So, this week: chapter 2: Will God’s love stand up in court? In chapter 1 we read about how the cross stands as the immovable, unchangeable declaration of God’s love. In this chapter, the declaration of God’s love at the cross gets subjected to some “cross examination” (pardon the pun – I have 4 children, that’s my excuse).
In this chapter, the author answers the question raised by our sin – HOW can God love us? This is such an important question to ask and to answer. It’s important that we ask it because it shows that we have some appreciation of the enormity of our sin. Asking “how can God love me?” reveals that I don’t take God’s love for granted. It’s also important that we answer this question because otherwise we will end up in self-focused despair. To appreciate God’s love we need to take our eyes off our sin and lift them to see what God has done about our sin, in spite of our sin, on the cross.
So here’s the big question that this chapter raised in my mind – do I tend more towards taking God’s love for granted (and therefore not asking the question) or do I tend more towards being overwhelmed by my sin (and therefore never getting to the answer)? For me, I think its definitely more the former than the latter. My sin doesn’t trouble me enough and the result is that God’s love and grace to me, displayed at the cross, loses its power in my life.
What about you?