Richard Beck shared in a blog post about his experience of preparing and preaching a sermon about hell. Here is the conclusion:
And that was the turning point.
Somewhere deep within me I knew, a feeling I’ve never let go of, that there was no way I could reconcile the bullet points of my sermon with my breaking heart. Going forward from that sermon I knew faced a choice. I was at a spiritual crossroad.
On the one hand I could go with this list I was reading, this list of torture and horror and pain, and say “This is what God is like.”
Or I could go with my breaking heart, I could choose the tears. “This, this ache of love. This is what God is like.”
What is hell like? What is God like? I had a decision to make. And I made it that night.
I could choose the sermon or the tears.
I chose the tears.