Wrath of God
The WRATH of GOD
For the most part, modern Christians ignore this part of God’s character. Too many people do not know how to handle God’s fierce anger. Maybe it is because whenever we see human anger, it is sinful. But not with God. Here are five truths about the consuming fire of God.
- God’s wrath is fair.
- God’s wrath should be feared.
- God’s wrath is love in action against sin.
- God’s wrath should humble us.
- God’s wrath is satisfied in Christ.
1. How do you view God? Do you see Him as patient, compassionate and forgiving, or do you see Him as a task-master who is always disappointed in you? What do you think shaped your view of God?
2. Since God is slow to anger, then we who follow Him should also be slow to anger (James 1:19; Proverbs 15:18; 16:32; 19:11; Titus 1:7). Are you slow to anger? Do you exhibit great patience, or are you quick-tempered? Also, spend time thanking God that He is not hot-headed when it comes to dealing with our shortcomings.
3. Discuss the wrath of God in both the Old and New Testaments (Jeremiah 30:23; Nahum 1:2; Romans 1:18; Revelation 19:15). Maybe you have heard that the God of the O.T. is different compared to the God of the N.T. Use these verses to prove that God hasn’t changed.
4. Read Romans 2:5-11. Each person, by the way they live, is storing up wrath for themselves or glory, honor and peace from God. Dig deep into these verses and discuss what it means to live for God and how we can avoid the pitfalls of selfishness.
Applying the Bible
5. Has God been patient with you for many years? Stop playing the odds of when you will be judged and turn away from your sin. What can you do to show God that you are genuine? Kneeling? Pouring out water? Wear sackcloth and ashes? Something else?
6 If you have confessed your sins to God, decide that you will rest in His love. Focus on cleansing the guilt in your mind so you can be free.