by Steve Jones

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Who Is God? God Is Love! - Part 2 (8 of 9)
Series: Who Is God?
Steve Jones
Ephesians 2:4

INTRODUCTION: The big news story last week was about a gorilla. A three-year-old boy climbed into the gorilla enclosure last Saturday (5.28.16) at the Cincinnati Zoo. A 450-pound silverback gorilla named Harambe dragged the boy across a moat and began manhandling him. A special team tasked with dealing with dangerous animals responded quickly and ushered the crowd away before using a rifle to take down the gorilla and save the boy's life.

There have been a wide range of reactions. Some have suggested that the boy was not in danger for his life and the gorilla didn't have to be put down - they could have tranquilized the animal and saved the boy. Some have reacted with anger. Tens of thousands have protested the shooting and called for prosecuting the mother for child negligence in letting her little boy get away from her and into that gorilla enclosure. Some have reacted with empathy for the mother admitting that when you're watching multiple children it's deceptively easy for one to get away for an instant and accidents to happen. Many have been sympathetic toward the boy. Sure, he should have never done such a foolish thing but, he was three-years-old. Once he was in the clutches of that Gorilla, getting dragged and thrown around like a rag doll you can just imagine how terrified he was. You can picture your own children or grand-children in that situation and know you would have done anything to save his life. When you and I consider a story like that from several different perspectives we might find that we have conflicting emotions and reactions even within ourselves: anger, sadness, empathy, sympathy, outrage and compassion. So maybe we can understand the conflicting reactions of God in Heaven when it comes to our sins.

If you're new to us we've been in a sermon series entitled ''Who is God?'' in which we're studying the attributes of God. In previous serm ...

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