One of the most misunderstood verse in the Bible is the verse that says “God is love”. People take this verse to say that since God is love He cannot hate. But let me ask you this for a second. Can God love injustice, hate, murder, rape, greed, and all the evil that we see in the society? The simple answer to this question is No.
In this case then we agree that love hates evil because it does not wish harm on others. Therefore, we can say that it is a loving thing to condemn sinners so that they will not inflict harm to others. So then this leads us to justice. If God is love, then He has to be just- He has to give to everyone according to his works.
What is prayer? Prayer is communicating with God. There are many kinds of prayers namely prayer of repentance, prayer of petition, prayer of Thanksgiving, prayer of faith. Let’s say, fir example, that a sinner forgot God and then some problem occured in his life. What kind of prayer will God hear? Will God hear the sinner if he asks for blessing when he actually is a criminal and a rebel? Should the sinner not pay for his crime and sin and would it be fair for God to forgive a criminal when the criminal does not show any sign of remorse? Would it be fair for God to aquit the guilty? Would God be the God of love if He releases the sinners when they are supposed to be punished?
Sadly, this is what is wrong with this generation. They want to do every thing wrong and still expect God to show them mercy, even when they show no sign of repentance! They hate the way of love, and still want to be loved, they hate the way of justice and still want to go free, they hate every good way and still want to be called righteous!
However, since God is love and cannot change His nature no matter what, the only prayer that God will hear from sinners is the prayer of repentance. Therefore He says, “If my people who are called by my name shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land” 2 Chronicles 2:14. The only way sinners can find God is through repentance. If we repent God is a merciful God and will clear us from every guilt and will present us before Him blameless and pure.
Therefore, let us turn from wicked works, which are inconsistent with God’s nature which is love, and let us turn to God for His mercies are great as it says in Isaiah 1:18, “Come let us settle the matter says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool”