Love and Wrath

         Folks seem to have a hard time reconciling the fact that God is both a God of love and a God of wrath. This is not a difficult concept. Look at any good mother. She dotes on her children, hugs them, kisses them, works hard to provide for their needs, attends their activities, cheers louder than anybody else at their games, prays for their success, thinks of ways to surprise them, etc. She loves them. On the other hand, however, let someone come against those kids and that same amazingly loving mother will attack like a hurricane, a tsunami, a tornado, and an earthquake all rolled into one. Love and wrath combined in the same person.

          The prophet Nahum tells us that both love and wrath abide in our God. Nahum 1:7-8 says, “The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him. But with an overflowing flood he will make an utter end of its place, and darkness will pursue His enemies” (NKJ).

          It’s actually impossible to have love without wrath. The mother who truly loves her children is wrathful against anyone or anything that would hurt them. God who loves us is wrathful against anyone or anything—be it the devil, an enemy, or our own sin—that would hurt us.


©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at Also, periodically check in at to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on December 28, 2011.

One Response to “Love and Wrath”

  1. Very well written information. It will be valuable to anybody who usess it, including yours truly :). Keep doing what you are doing – i will definitely read more posts.

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