Archangel Michael Hurls the Rebellious Angels into the Abyss by Luca Giordano cir 1700
‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. ‘
‘If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.’
Love, I have learned in my ongoing quest to understand myself and this mad world I am surrounded by, is a spiritual fire. That lives in the heart of each one of us. I have learned that therein lies eternity. Literally. God did this so that we are able to forgive and continue to love through any seemingly insurmountable trespass. ‘He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.’
Sometimes, this fire can grow cold, from unholy surroundings. ‘Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.’
When you are on an innocent app to keep in touch with friends and unclothed women are there unwelcome and unannounced – we are in wickedness. That is just one, small, personal example. When you want to be with friends or loved ones but the only seeming options are to dine out or have a drink – we are in wickedness. ”So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things.’
When desecrating your body, a holy temple of God, with markings becomes more than a fad, but the norm – we are in wickedness. ‘Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.’
When an entire society celebrates the unholy matrimony of two men as a great advancement as a species – we are in wickedness. ‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable. Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants.’
At this point, I would not be least bit surprised if this American soil swallowed us whole or vomited us out. We are a collective abomination. No pun intended. There is enough psychological, emotional suppression and wickedness to make even the archangels furious. And so, I have learned there is a time appropriate to be angry and rebuke.
And I have learned it is suitable to be disgusted at those who rebel against God.
‘Do I not hate those who hate you, LORD, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?’ ‘I hate them with the utmost hatred; They have become my enemies.’
And so, once again, there is a seeming contradiction in the Word. Are we to Love our enemies and do good to those who mistreat us, or openly show our disdain and disgust at their futile and pathetic rebellion towards God? How stupid they all must look, running circles on the ground while our Lord sits at his throne, laughing.
‘The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.’
Once again, I take this as a sign that no matter what, He will understand and be at our side. We must persevere and be willing and obedient to all – but should they push you, you have God-given authority to act on this anger. Just as Jesus did in the temple of his Father.
No, I am not easily angered, but I know from past experience my anger is enough to scare even myself. So, keep pushing me, mortals, and let’s see what happens.