Thursday, January 31, 2008

Faith, Hope, and Love - Things that The Sovereign God Cannot Control

This was my original title for a topic I fully discussed under a different more appropriate title - Implications of Biblical Theomorphism However, I chose to retain this title here because it has a different catchy impact to some readers.

Love is an attitude that comes as a result of our response to God's love. 1 John 4:19 says, "We love because He first loved us." The potential to love was created in theomorphic man. It just needed to be courted by Divine Love to be awakened.

Faith cannot be forced either. The disciples asked Jesus in Luke 17:5 to increase their faith. But what was Jesus' response to that question? He did not increase their faith. Instead he told them what it could do even if they had only a tiny smidgen of it, as big as a tiny mustard seed! Hence, faith cannot be forced. It can only be developed by intimate knowledge and bonding with someone you trust (have faith upon).(Read the blog on Faith The concept of Faith from a Relational/Biblical Perspective )

Hope can only be encouraged, not forced. God has to court or encourage that attitude by constantly showering His people with promises and proofs of His integrity and trustworthiness.

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