Being in college during the early 90s, I listened alot to DC Talk. One of their songs was "Love is a Verb," which totally sums up the chapter. Nowhere in 1 Cor. 13 does it say that love is a warm, mush feeling. It is described as a verb!
Now reading John 3:16 with a Biblical definition of "love," we can now reconcile this verse with the harder, more difficult verses like Proverbs 16:4, which says, "The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil" (NASB). Or when the Apostle Paul quotes from the Septuagint, "Just as it is written, 'JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED.'"
And I love how Paul anticipates the objectors: "What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! For He says to Moses "I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION." So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, "FOR THIS VERY PURPOSE I RAISED YOU UP, TO DEMONSTRATE MY POWER IN YOU, AND THAT MY NAME MIGHT BE PROCLAIMED THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE EARTH. So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires" (Rom. 9:13-18).
In the Bible, the Sovereignty of God is never in question. Numerous other scriptures could be cited, but a timely topic is Yhwh's judgment on Babylon, the great city that reigns over the kings of the earth (Rev. 17:18), i.e. New York, ergo the U.S.!
Why did the ten regions of the One-World government give their power to the Antichrist (Madhi/Messiah/Maitreya, etc.)? Because it was God's will for them to do so. And he will reign on earth for 7 years, or 3 1/2, depending on how you see it (Dan. 9:27; 2 Thess. 2:4).
So what is the end of the matter, when it comes to understanding God's sovereignty over creation? Romans 9-11 is a great place to start for study of such a weighty issue, but I think it is summed up in