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God’s Love

I need to think about God. That is the main thing. More important though, I need to think about God’s love and how faithful God is in putting His love in action. When I focus on that, I focus on the true character of God.

God is love. God is in a good mood. God is concerned with love and justice. The go hand in hand.

We pondered your love-in-action, God, waiting in your temple: Your name, God, evokes a train of Hallelujahs wherever It is spoken, near and far; your arms are heaped with goodness-in-action [justice]. | Psalm 48:9-10

As a side note, of all of the psalms in the Bible, eleven are attributed to the sons of Korah. These beautiful psalms express a spirit of great gratitude and humility to an awesome, mighty God. They express a longing for God and deep devotion.

The amazing love of God is stunning. When we think of it we want to shout to the glory of God with Hallelujahs. We want to do a happy dance.

The Hebrew word for love here is חֶסֶד (chesed), occurs over 250 times in the Hebrew Bible. This is a loyal love. This is love that is steadfast. This is love that will be eternal, just as God is eternal. God has made an agreement (aka covenant or testament) with us to love and love and love some more.

Justice is divinely righteous action, whether taken by humanity or God, that promotes equality among humanity. Used in relation to uplifting the righteous and oppressed and debasing the unrighteous and oppressors.

Love and justice go hand in hand with God.

Source: Simpson, B. I. (2016). Love. In J. D. Barry, D. Bomar, D. R. Brown, R. Klippenstein, D. Mangum, C. Sinclair Wolcott, … W. Widder (Eds.), The Lexham Bible Dictionary. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

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