• Earl Miles

God Delights in the Obedient!

The world does not understand the love of God or the God of love! It seems confusing and contradictory in light of certain truths and realities. This is why we need to 'know and believe' the love of God as revealed in Scripture - with proper complexity and nuance.

  • God is love (what He is, not simply what He does). – 1 John 4:8; Psalm 145:17

  • The Father loves the Son (reason for creation and redemption). – John 5:20; Matthew 3:17

  • God loves all His creation (mercies over all). – Psalm 145:8-9, 15-16

  • God loves all mankind (common grace). – Matthew 5:44-45; Deuteronomy 10:18

  • God loves unbelievers (free offer of the gospel). – John 3:14-16; Ezekiel 33:11

  • God loves His people (the Church). - Ephesians 5:25, 28-30; 1 John 3:1; Jeremiah 32:40-41; Isaiah 62:4-5; Zephaniah 3:17; Romans 8:37-39

  • God loves national Israel (irrevocable calling). – Hosea 3:1; Romans 11:28-29

  • God’s love is not ‘flat’ (the same for everyone). – Romans 9:13; Malachi 1:1-3; Genesis 33:8-9; Deuteronomy 2:5, 21-22; 23:7-8; Joshua 24:4; Hebrews 11:20

  • God’s love for sinners does not preclude God’s holy and just hate/wrath against sin and sinners for those who are not reconciled to Him. – Romans 12:9; Psalm 136:10; Deuteronomy 28:63; 2 Chronicles 36:15-16

One of the proper nuances is the reality that God delights in His people as loved, accepted, and righteous in Christ, because of Christ's righteousness alone. And yet God is delighted more or less with individual believers based on their obedience or disobedience as well. The more we live for our own pleasure (as in the video above) instead of and in place of living to bring Him pleasure, the less delight we will bring to His heart.

The perverse in heart are an abomination to the Lord, But the blameless in their walk are His delight. – Proverbs 11:20

For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold His face. – Psalm 11:7

The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish son is a grief to his mother. – Proverbs 10:1

A foolish son is a grief to his father And bitterness to her who bore him. – Proverbs 17:25

And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. – Hebrews 13:16

Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:7

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. – Ephesians 4:30

21 He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” – John 14:21

Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. – 2 Corinthians 5:9

You can hear more about this by going here and listening to The Love of God in 3-D - Part 8.

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