I John 4:16 declares, that “God is love.”
Others insist, that God is to be feared. They too are right.
Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
Obviously, He is love and He is to be feared. HE IS BOTH! Christian denominations tend to be extremist. They try to force you to choose. Some denominations are into extreme grace. They insist upon the mercy and grace of Almighty God. They are partly right, because our great God offers us His marvelous grace and mercy; however, this is ONLY half of the truth. He still remains a God of justice. It is the justice of Almighty God, that sacrificed His Son on the cross. When you consider the cruel death of Christ, you are seeing the wrath of Almighty God against sin. YaHVeH hates sin! If not for Christ, YaHVeH would crush us for our sins. GOD IS LOVE AND GOD IS JUSTICE! Some denominations are extreme about justice, and they are only half right.
I refuse to choose between the love and justice of Almighty God. This has caused me problems with some Christians, because they do not want you to be a part of their denomination, if you do not buy into their extreme. Almighty God does not want us to choose between these two valid truths. He wants us to understand and embrace both truths. Yes, I desperately need YaHVeH’s grace and mercy, AND I MUST ALSO align with obeying His commands, so that His eternal wrath will not abide upon me. There will be NO denominations in heaven, so why should we be denominational on this earth?
Those who insist on only grace and mercy are wrong! Those who insist on only justice are wrong! IT IS BOTH.
Micah 6:8, “He has shown you O man, what is good and what does YaHVeH require of you? but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”