Sometimes, I think, folks want to characterize God as someone who enjoys punishment, someone who likes to see destruction. It’s actually far from the truth. Even here, in the Old Testament, where He’s supposed to be cranky, He instructs the prophet to “…take up a lamentation for Tyre.”
A “lamentation” is (according to my spell-check Google) “a passionate expression of grief or sorrow.” Huh. After God talks about the destruction of all of these nations who “rejoiced with all the scorn of your soul against the land of Israel,” He asks the prophet to write about the sorrow He feels for them.
That is a picture of justice and mercy, a picture of love, a picture of God…at least, the one that I know and love.
If He feels sorrow for these nations who have done everything in their power to hurt those whom God loves, how much more, friends, does He feel for us?