- Truth without love is a falsehood, and love without truth is actually unloving.
- Justice without mercy is cruelty, not justice. Mercy without justice is enabling and ultimately harmful both to truth and to the person to whom we're extending the mercy.
- Personal passion without theological precision is a mess of opinion and mis-direction that can mis-lead and exalt self over God. Theological precision without personal passion is cold, lifeless and ultimately useless.
- God's sovereignty without human responsibility leaves us all as robots or puppets and makes it impossible for God to either forgive of condemn anyone, as our actions are not out own. Human responsibility without God's sovereignty leaves us in a world of chaos and without hope.
To see more clearly how God puts His sovereign rule and our choices together, look carefully at what Peter says about the crucifixion of Jesus. God had planned for His Son to die for the sins of His people from before the foundation of the earth. Jesus' death took place "
Our Father, let us not forget Your teaching,