WHO IS GOD?
God is the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority. He is the Supreme Being, the Self-existent One who is perfect in power, goodness, and wisdom.
Few amazing dimensions of God’s personality traits…
God is Love
The Bible tells us that “God is Love” (1 John 4:8). We see a display of His love when He gave His Son as a sacrifice for all mankind. (John 3:16), “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” So one way God defines love is in the act of giving. However, what God gave (or should we say, “who” God gave) was not just a present; God sacrificed His only begotten Son so that we, who put our faith in His Son, will not spend eternity separated from Him.
This is an amazing love, because we are the ones who choose to reject God, yet it’s God who mends the separation through His intense personal sacrifice, and all we have to do is accept His gift. (Romans 5:8), “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” There is no condition placed on us to receive God’s love. He did not say, “I will sacrifice my Son if you promise to love Me. Or I will love you if you become righteous” On the contrary, God loved while we were sinners. God wants us to know that His love is unconditional, so He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us while we were still unlovable sinners. We didn’t have to get clean, and we didn’t have to make any promises to God before we could experience His love. His love for us has always existed, and because of that, He did all the giving and sacrificing long before we were even aware that we needed His love.
God’ love is restorative. He sacrificed His own Son (who also willingly died for us) to restore our relationship back with God.
God’s love is not some warm and emotional feeling. God is the source of love. He defines love. We cannot know God through our love. (1 John 4:19) “We love Him because He first loved us.” God is the very definition of love itself. There is no such thing as love without God. As hard as we might try, we cannot define love without knowing God.
To understand what true love is and to be able to truly love others, we must know God, and receive His love. His Word promises that He will pour out His love in our heart by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. We can have this relationship with God by putting our faith in Jesus Christ.
God is Faithful
The word faithfulness means steadfastness, firmness, fidelity. The opposite of being faithful is to be ever-changing or wishy-washy.
“Your word, Lord, is eternal;
it stands firm in the heavens.
Your faithfulness continues
through all generations.” (Psalm 119:89–90)
God speaks never-ending truth. If God spoke something a thousand years ago, it still stands. He is faithful to His Word, because His Word is an expression of His character. The promises He made still hold true because He does not change (Malachi 3:6). God remains faithful to His promises, even though we are often unfaithful to Him (2 Timothy 2:13).
We learn to trust the character of a person by getting to know that person. We would not entrust our money to a stranger we just met — we have no experience with him. We don’t know his character. Before we know God, we are afraid to trust Him. We don’t yet know who He is or what He may do. We learn to trust God by getting to know His character. As we seek Him, He reveals Himself to us through His Word, His working in our own lives, and by hearing and following His voice.
We need to intentionally remember all the ways God has provided for us and delivered us in the past. When we recall the ways God has answered our prayers, it equips us to continue asking and expecting answers. When we come to Him in prayer, we know that He always hears us (1 John 5:14; Psalm 34:15). He provides what we need (Philippians 4:19). And He will always make everything work together for our good when we trust Him with it (Romans 8:28). We learn to trust God’s future faithfulness by remembering His past faithfulness.
We trust Him when we know Him, and to know Him is to trust Him. When we know Him, we can rest in His goodness, even when we don’t understand the circumstances that seem to contradict it. We can trust that God’s plan for us will prevail (Proverbs 19:21). As a child trusts a loving father, we can trust our heavenly Father to always do what is right.
God is Knowable
God, who created the universe in all of its magnitude and creative details, is able to be known, by us. He tells us about himself, but even goes beyond that. He welcomes us into a relationship, so that we personally can get to know him. Not only can we know about him, we can know him, intimately.
“Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
or the strong man boast of his strength
or the rich man boast of his riches,
but let him who boasts boast about this:
that he understands and knows me,
that I am the Lord,
who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,” declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23,24)
God is Approachable
God invites us to talk to him and engage him in what concerns us. We don’t have to get our act together first. Neither do we need to be theologically correct or holy. It is his nature to be loving and accepting when we go to him. All we need to do is come to Him like a child – humble, with an innocent heart and with pure motives, laying down our self, run into His arms.
“The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.” (Psalms 145:18)
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)
God is Creative
Everything we make is put together with existing materials or built on previous thoughts. God has the capacity of speaking things into existence, not just galaxies and life forms, but solutions to today’s problems. God is creative, for us. His power is something he wants us to be aware of and to rely on.
“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.” (Psalm 33:6)
“Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.” (Psalms 147:5)
“…where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalms 121:1,2)
God is Forgiving
We sin. We tend to do things our way instead of God’s way. And he sees it and knows it. God does not merely overlook such sin, but is prepared to judge and condemn people for their sin. However, God is forgiving and will forgive us from the moment we begin a relationship with him. Jesus, the Son of God, paid for our sin with his death on a cross. He rose from the dead and offers us this forgiveness.
“We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done… We are made right with God when we believe that Jesus shed his blood, sacrificing his life for us.” (Romans 3:22,25)
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us oursins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
He remembers our sins no more. “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake;
And I will not remember your sins.” (Isaiah 43:25)
God is Honest
Just like a person who lets you know their thoughts and feelings, God clearly tells us about himself, the possible difference being, he is always honest. Everything he says about himself, or about us, is reliable information. Truer than our feelings, thoughts, and perception, God is totally accurate and honest in what he says. Every promise he makes to us can be fully counted on, he means it. We can take him at his word.
“The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.” (Psalms 119:130,105)
God is Capable
How would you like to be always 100% right, about everything? God is. His wisdom is unlimited. He understands all the elements of a situation, including the history and future events related to it. We do not have to update him, counsel him or persuade him to do the right thing. He will, because he is capable and his motives are pure. If we trust him, he will never make a mistake, never undercut us or deceive us. He can be fully trusted to do what is right, in all circumstances, at all times.
“No one whose hope is in you
will ever be put to shame…” (Psalms 25:3)
“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
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