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Nov 26, 2017 | Clint Tolbert

Radical (Not Reckless) Love

Ruth 4:1-17

Though hundreds of years old, Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, continues to inform about the nature of love. From it (and many other similar stories) we are led to believe that the purest form of love is one that throws caution to the wind, acting on the passion of the heart. True love we are told, is an ardent, even reckless love! This understanding of love is so ingrained in our society that it not only misinforms the masses; but also threatens to mislead the church. There’s no doubt God’s love is worthy of our passionate praise, but is God’s love reckless? Like the hesed demonstrated by Boaz in Ruth Chapter 4, God’s love is radical but it is not reckless. God is absolutely thoughtful and intentional in His pursuit of His people.

Scripture: Ruth 4:1-17

Music:  "Who But the Lord?" - Lyrics by Susan Bentall Boersma, music by Craig Courtney

Series Information

We've been contemplating the concept of love this fall.  We've considered keys to a reconciling love, we celebrated the love of God's Word that led to the Reformation 500 years ago, and in the month of November, we will be seeking to know the love of God as it is expressed in a critically important Old Testament word-- the word "hesed".  As followers of Jesus, we are called to love as God loves.  The best word to help us understand what this means is the word hesed.  With the exception of Jesus himself, there is no better person in all the Bible to demonstrate the power of this word than Ruth, a woman of tremendous faith. Her story is told in the Old Testament.