Hi, my sweet sweet friends! I’m ready to spread God’s love to you today :)). For today’s post, I’m going to be sharing with you what God has taught me and is still teaching me about His beautiful, never-changing character. I want start off with this question:
Do you see God as your loving Heavenly Father?
Honestly, when I was first asked this question I did not know what my answer was. As I continued to grow in the Lord every day and reflected on this question, I now do see God more as my loving Heavenly Father. When I first started my relationship with God, I did not truly see God as my loving Father (which is so hard to admit but I want to be honest with you guys). I use to have the mindset that God was mean, demanding, angry, and had these set of “rules” for us. That is not God’s character at all. God is our loving Heavenly Father who cares so much about us, who is passionate about us, desires us, and desires to help us. After reading this blog, I hope it can help remind someone of God’s true character and hopefully have them see Him as their loving Father.
REMEMBER WHAT JESUS DID
Always remember the Gospel and the good news! God sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us on the cross so we would not perish in this world (because of our sin which causes separation from God) but have everlasting life with God in heaven; so that we can have a relationship with God! God loved us so much He sent His Son. Jesus died for us and set us free from sin. Jesus resurrected and conquered death which now has covered us in His blood and has redeemed us. That my friends is the definition of true love. And Jesus’s love never changes because His character stays the same. The good news of Jesus is an amazing way to be reminded of our Father’s love for us.
“But God proves His own love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8 ♡
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8 ♡
HIS WRATH IS ROOTED IN LOVE
God is just and God has wrath, which is why I think sometimes it is hard for us to see Him as a loving Father (I know that was the case for me). Something the Lord is still teaching me is that His wrath is rooted in His love and His holiness. God’s anger is a righteous and holy anger, it’s not like human anger. God is also slow to anger (Psalm 103:8 ♡) and His anger doesn’t last long (Psalm 30:5 ♡). Since I have been currently reading the book of Jeremiah, I have seen where the Lord allowed disaster among the people of Israel but that was because of their disobedience. The people did not listen and rejected the Lord’s instruction (like how we do). Also, our actions lead to consequences. Yet, God still chose to heal and restore His people. God still chose to forgive all of their iniquities. This shows that our God is merciful, compassionate, and kind (which we should never try or want to take advantage of His grace). I read something so powerful in my devotional that said, “Though our Holy God cannot tolerate His children’s sin, His love compels Him to show us to the right path.” – She Reads Truth CSB.
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger abounding in faithful love.” – Psalm 103:8 ♡
“For His anger lasts only for a moment, but His favor, a lifetime.” – Psalm 30:5 ♡
A verse to remember: “Come let us settle this,” Says the Lord. “Though your sins are scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are crimson red, they will be like wool.” – Isaiah 1:18 ♡
NOT A RULE BOOK, BUT A LOVE STORY
The last point I want to touch on is that the Lord did not give us a bunch of “rules” to suck the fun out of life. His “rules” are because again, He loves us and wants to guide us on the right path, like how a parent disciplines their child because they love them. Also, He loves us that He gives us the free will to decide what we want to do (to choose to take part in sin or not). The Lord cares for us that He does not want us doing things that He knows will not benefit us in any way. Or doing things that will cause harm to us and those around us. Taking part and living in sin is what will separate us from Him. But when you truly give your life to Him and still fall short (because you will still fall short), His arms are always wide open. He wants us to run to Him in true repentance, not away from Him. He is not there to condemn us (because He knows you would not be perfect) but He is there to help us and work on us with what sins we are struggling with. Remember, though He cannot tolerate our sin, His love compels Him to lead us on His path. God’s beautiful word is a love story to us, not a rule book.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus because the law of Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.” – Romans 8:1-2 ♡
Okay, friends!! I wanted to remind you today of God’s character and how He truly loves us, it was proved when Jesus died for us while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8 ♡). His resurrection has redeemed us from our sins! God’s character never changes, He is still the same today and will be forever. He calls you beloved and you are His treasured possession. I pray that we rest in Him today and let us continue to walk in confidence in who He is, our loving Heavenly Father.
“God, how precious your thoughts are to me, how vast their sum is!” – Psalm 139:17
Love Bea ♡