How should we make sense of the wrath of God?
John 3:31-36. The wrath of God
The Old Testament has shown numerous instances of the seemingly wrathful side of God. In the New Testament, we have also witnessed Jesus being angry at those who have turned a place of worship into a place of business.
Perhaps it is this kind of righteous wrath that could instill that healthy form of “fear”, as in fear of God. But what do and should we precisely fear? Is it punishment? Is it hell?
To me, it’s more meaningful to fear disappointing God, similar to how we fear disappointing our parents, friends, and loved ones who have put their belief in us. At least, the example of Jesus shows an example of divinity that is not vengeful nor spiteful; thus, God does not direct His wrath on us, but to our sinful actions.
We should fear His wrath towards our actions, not because we fear that He may hurt us; but we fear that we have hurted Him.
If we fear hurting the ones we love, what more hurting Love Incarnate?
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 118: APRIL 28, 2022]