Love, the Creative Force
"I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate:" (Ezekiel 36:36)
God is love. He is a creative force. We that are born in sin are destructive forces. However educated and wealthy we may be we must remember we are destructive forces. When you take a man as an inmate into your house, unless he knows the Lord, he is a destructive force. Your children are in danger. God changes men into creative agents. At first He takes hold of them and leads them to His Cross. There they come to know they are sinners. To know that you are a sinner is a great revelation. You are incapable of doing any good. You are a destructive force.
Jesus called to Himself twelve disciples. But one among them slid back to be a destructive force. David had many sons. The most handsome and beautiful of them all was a destructive force. No one by his effort can become a power to build something good that can last. Human nature is so complicated. It is a sinful nature. One must know that he is a sinner. All the sins he has committed are there in his heart. These sins will give him evil imaginations. But when we come to the Cross we realize we are sinners.
There is power in the Cross to make you realize you are a sinner. That is a great gain.
Every sinner is a destructive force. A sinner who does not repent for his sins will destroy his family even though he may seem to direct his family wisely. "Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord" (Luke 5:8). We see the light of Heaven had entered Peter's heart. He knew he was not fit to be in the presence of Jesus. From that time he became a different man. Jesus prophesied he would become a great man. It all began when he realized he was a sinful man. From the time St. Augustine realized he was a sinner he became a creative force.
If you do not know your condition you will destroy your children. The love of God which is a creative force will not work through you. You will be a man of mere words. Jude 10-13