The wrath of God is not something people like to talk about, but it is very real and necessary. Many people like to think that God is this all-loving God who is only good, does not turn his eyes away from evil, and allows everyone into heaven. The only problem with this view is that it is based on every man’s interpretation of who they think God is and their own concept of good and evil. There must be a measure of good and evil and accountability for one’s actions. Romans 1:18 says, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness.”
God is the measure of good and evil. He was here before the world began. He created us, so why shouldn’t He be the one to decide good and evil? If you believe in God, then you must believe that He is the authority and judge for such matters. Otherwise, you choose to believe that man is his/her own judge for good and evil. That would just be chaos. There is comfort in choosing to believe God as authority. First, if God is authority, then the compass we use (the Bible) to judge good and evil is the same for every man. It becomes a level playing field. No one is judged any differently. Sin separates us from God, so therefore we know that no matter the sin, if we choose to reject God, we will be separated from His mercy. There is good news in this too, however. If it is a level playing field, then that means that grace is for all, too. Grace covers sin and allows us to be with God. SIn separates us, grace draws us near. If good were based on man’s definitions, then it would change all the time. Instead, it remains free for the believer. It cost us nothing, but Him everything.
We could not have the grace of God without the wrath of God. If sin did not anger Him, then there would be no reason for Him to impart His grace. It is what the Christian life is based on, and I choose to accept it wholeheartedly!