For Paul, nothing revealed God’s love more than the cross. Yet, for God, love became a cross because his love was reciprocated. This sermon looks how Paul changed as a result of coming to experience God’s love as manifested in the cross.
We try to offer promises to God that we think He’ll like. And when God does come through, often, we forget our promises. The Bible doesn’t encourage us to make these bargain deals with God. The exchange between God and us is to grow out of love not desperation.
But there is an old man who did try to barter with God and the Bible doesn’t condemn him for it.