...if we be honest with ourselves,
we shall be honest with each other.  ~ George MacDonald

Jesus Wept 

Jesus Wept

A man might flatter, or bribe, or coax a tyrant; but there is no refuge from the love of God; that love will, for very love, insist upon the uttermost farthing.

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Here is the quote in its fuller context.


"To regard any suffering with satisfaction, save it be sympathetically with its curative quality, comes of evil, is inhuman because undivine, is a thing God is incapable of. His nature is always to forgive, and just because he forgives, he punishes. Because God is so altogether alien to wrong, because it is to him a heart-pain and trouble that one of his little ones should do the evil thing, there is, I believe, no extreme of suffering to which, for the sake of destroying the evil thing in them, he would not subject them. A man might flatter, or bribe, or coax a tyrant; but there is no refuge from the love of God; that love will, for very love, insist upon the uttermost farthing." (George MacDonald, Unspoken Sermons).* 

 
If you have sinned against someone, but they are always doing their very best for you, you would have to conclude that they love you and are not holding anything against you. You would have to conclude that they have forgiven you. God is always doing his very best for each of us. (He's completely committed to our long term happiness.) Whenever he punishes, he punishes for our good.

"For no one is cast off
    by the Lord forever.
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
    so great is his unfailing love.
For he does not willingly bring affliction
    or grief to anyone." (Lamentations 3:31-33)

The words, “God will make you repent” are more frightening for a wicked person than the words, “You will go to Hell.” Such a person does not care about their neighbour nor do they want to. They do not forgive nor are they willing to. They do not trust God, and because they don’t believe he is good, they resist his discipline.

But the more we know how much God loves us the more we will welcome his punishment. And the more we welcome it, the less he gives it because it is no longer necessary. God's will will be done. He will cure us of our sickness

 

It is true that God is a gentleman, but the Bible does not describe him as such. It describes him as loving Father who punishes the children he loves. He will not leave them wallow in their sins. He hates sin and will destroy it. God will ultimately achieve all that he desires to achieve; and he desires to save all people from their sins. (See Hope Beyond Hell by Gerry Beauchemin. Free audio book )

As tough as this all may sound, God knows exactly what he’s doing.

"Blows and wounds cleanse away evil,
and beatings purge the inmost being" (Prov 20:30).

It’s also worth noting that while the Bible does talk about people receiving many blows in Hell (others few. See Luke 12:47, 48 ), and it does talk of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Luke 13:28), it does not say that there is nothing but weeping and gnashing of teeth in Hell. Given the character of God, there is good reason to believe that there will be acts of kindness shown in Hell when such acts can help bring about repentance.

Now it's also important to know that just because a person is suffering on this earth, it does not mean God is punishing them. (In the Old Testament God specifically said when he was punishing a person, or a people; but today, it's impossible to know if a person is being punished by God, or if they are simply suffering because of the sins of others.)
 

*  Those who are C.S. Lewis fans might be interested to know that George MacDonald was Lewis' favourite author. See here



God's Punishment


The Gift of Hell?


Why Hell?


The Shack


God's Forgiveness


God's Address