I can’t say that I truly understand God’s character the way I’d like, but I know I understand him better than I used to. I used to think he was waiting to pounce when I failed. I’ve come to see that he is more kind, compassionate, and gracious than I could ever imagine. I saw him wrongly, and I’m so glad, over time, my perspective has shifted.
Someone once explained our finite understanding of God in this way: We are 2 dimensional chalkboard figures. God is the 3D person drawing them. We can only understand 2 dimensions, but he lives in 3.
Yet, his amazing love chose to give us the fullest understanding he could possibly give by coming to earth in human form, to live, die, and rise again – touchable, through his Son Jesus Christ.
Today I thought I would share with you some of my favorite Bible verses that explain who this amazing God is, and why his character is trustworthy as an ally. Maybe some of you have had bad experiences with people who call themselves Christians. Maybe you have had a bad experience with the church. I’m so very grieved and sorry! People are so vulnerable to failure of catastrophic proportions! God is nothing like we sometimes wrongly perceive or portray him. The Bible says that when we look at Jesus, we see an exact representation of God, (Hebrews 1:3) so below you will see some verses about Jesus, and some about God. Either way, you are reading about God’s character.
(All translations below are NLT unless otherwise specified)
Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free,…
Colossians 1:11-13 “We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, 12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.”
And that One so amazing would choose to become my ally, if I only willingly yield to his command.