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Rev. Peter Greiner

Sun 30 Apr

When we think of wrath we think of someone dumping a load of anger or rage upon someone. However, the wrath of God is different to man's wrath. Man might explode in anger one minute and be quiet the next. Such fits of anger are unpredictable. For God, His wrath is constant as He maintains a constant and consistent hatred toward sin. God's wrath toward wickedness and ungodliness does not waver or vary. Paul spends the second half of Romans Two explaining and describing God's wrath. "The wrath of God is being revealed against all the godliness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them." When we think of God unleashing His wrath, we are tempted to think of a raging bushfire burning thousands of hectares. Or the fury of a cyclone unleashing its power on the coastline. However, God unleashed His wrath on people by letting them have the desires of their heart and allowing people to go their own way. On three occasions, starting at verse 24, God states that He gave them over to do what they wanted from the depth of their hearts. That does not sound like a wrathful God. It is as though God is saying, if you don't want Me, then I will let you do what you want and we will see how you end up. Of course, the Christian knows where that path will end up. As we see sin escalate, so too does God's wrath. Pray for repentance!