A few days ago I wrote a post on God’s wrath. It needed to be said.
But in telling others about God, we don’t lead with God’s wrath. People need to first hear that they are loved unconditionally before we address the issue of sin. We assume wrath comes before grace, but that is not the biblical way. God’s first and last word is always grace. Until we have been assured that we are loved and forgiven, it is impossible to address our sinfulness correctly. We will operate out of our own resources, trying to get God to like us by our own efforts to change. God’s first word is always grace, as Barth said. Only then can we begin to understand God’s holiness, and ours.