“Behold then the kindness and severity of God”
When one part of God’s Message is emphasized over the other, it becomes distorted and diluted and ceases to be the powerful tool of God for saving sinners. Both the justice and love of God must be equally preached. Over emphasizing “unmerited” produces condemnation, legalism, and fear. Over emphasizing “favor” produces pride, lawlessness, and presumption. Therefore, since God has entrusted His church to proclaim His Gospel to the world, it should be our top priority to get this balance correct.
We are to speak this truth in love. To distort truth in order to avoid offense is not true love. It is only by the Gospel of Grace that God saves souls. How much do we really care about the people around us? They will perish without the Gospel. Moved by compassion, love tells the truth even to its enemies, because it identifies with their need of deliverance from sin and death. Richard Baxter once wrote, “I preach as a dying man to dying men.”