June 10th, 2007
Is love always kindness and niceness? Anyone who has had the experience of looking after a small child will know that there are times when showing love involves restraining the child from doing things which could be harmful, and reproving when the child engages in unhelpful conduct, so that the child can learn how to be good and how to succeed in life through approaching tasks in a disciplined manner. Loving someone also involves protecting them by keeping predators away. So a person who is motivated purely by love might limit the activities of the loved person and might show anger towards anything which is likely to harm the loved person…
The Revelation to John — Chapter 15
15:1 I saw another significant and amazing omen in heaven: seven angels with the seven plagues. These are the final plagues, because after them God’s wrath is finished. 15:2 I saw something resembling a sea of glass mixed with fire. Those who defeated the beast, its idol, and the number of its name, were standing on the sea of glass, holding God’s harps. 15:3 They sang the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb: “The things you do are great and wonderful, Lord God, the Almighty! King of the nations, your ways are righteous and true. 15:4 Who would not honour you, Lord, and glorify your name? Only you are holy. All the nations will come and worship in your presence, because your righteous acts have been revealed.”
15:5 After this I looked, and the temple of God’s tabernacle in heaven was opened. 15:6 The seven angels who had the seven plagues came out, clothed in pure, bright linen, and wearing golden sashes around their chests.
15:7 One of the four living animals gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the anger of God, who lives forevermore. 15:8 The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power. No one was able to enter the temple, until the seven plagues of the seven angels were finished.
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