The incredible good news of the gospel calls us to respond in love, unity, and trust.
I. Respond in love (v.9-13)
Living in a new reality
“All shall stand about the God of glory, the fountain of love, as it were opening [up] to be filled with those effusions of love which are poured forth from thence, as the flowers on the earth in a pleasant spring day open their bosoms to the sun to be filled with his warmth and light, and to flourish in the beauty and fragrancy by his rays.” (Jonathan Edwards, “Ethical Writings”)
II. Respond in unity (v.14-16)
Your God is exalted; you, lowly
III. Respond in trust (vv. 17-21)
Your God will bring justice for you
“We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by ‘looking unto Jesus.’” (Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening)
• What are ways that love is not genuine? How do you have genuine love?
• What is the key to unity that permeates vv. 14-16?
• Why is it critical to give your vengeance to God? What does that mean?
• How does each of these exhortations spring from the Gospel?
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