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A great disservice we have done for the hearts of men is to impersonalize the attributes of God. God is no longer angry at people, just angry at sin. His fury is aimed at Satan for deceiving you and placing “strongholds” on your life, more than His fury is headed for you. It is almost as if sin (if talked about at all) has become an entity of itself, divided from the human heart. It is talked about more as something unfortunate that happens to us, rather than something that we nurture and cherish and willingly act upon. Uncomfortable as it may be, we need to stop impersonalizing sin and the wrath of God.
Romans 2:5 “But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgement will be revealed.”
God will not pour out wrath on some abstract embodiment of “sin” but on sinners. If we don’t recognize this, we will not “foul… to the fountain fly” saying “wash me Saviour or I die.” If we don’t personalize sin as the overflow of our own hearts, and the wrath of God as headed directly at us, we will also impersonalize the cross. We need to understand wrath, to understand the purpose of Jesus’ death, which leads us to the next point to follow in this article: We need to understand God’s wrath in order to understand His love.