Have you ever crossed paths with a person who believes in God; However, their “idea” of who God is- in nature is similar to that of a dictator? They have this idea of God sitting on His throne, high up in the Heavenly sky, separated from the World. From the beginning of time He has been forcing upon us His laws, taking account of every wrong committed and holding all of humanity accountable for their sins. The most powerful dictator to reign is deciding who, what, when, where and how His wrath and judgement will be brought down upon the Earth. Do you know someone with those “ideas”? Maybe you even agree that GOD is a dictator, rather than your Heavenly Father, whose LOVE for you is perfect.
This “idea” must cause a disconnect internally and spiritually in the hearts and minds of many people and hindered so many of our brother’s and sister’s in Christ from walking in TRUTH, POWER, COMPLETENESS and FREEDOM, all benefits to us out of God’s love! While these “ideas” may be in part correct; they are NOT necessarily TRUTH. We know from scripture that God is sitting on His throne, reigning high in the Heavens (Isaiah 66:1), sin does separate us from God (Isaiah 59:2) and we will be held accountable for our sins on the day of judgement (Proverbs 29:26; Hebrews 9:27): BUT GOD who SO LOVED THE WORLD, He gave His only son Jesus (the perfect sacrifice), to pay the ultimate price for all sin, so that ANYONE who believes in Him will NOT die, but have everlasting LIFE! (John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13).
“The barrier between God and man, symbolized by the veil over the Holy of Holies, is ripped by God from top to bottom. After the sacrifice, God opens wide the way into his presence and invites us to draw near with boldness.” (click here for full commentary)
God is NOT a dictator, God is LOVE. (1 John 4:16; 1 John 4:8; 1 John 4:19)
What is LOVE by definition in the Merriam Webster’s Dictionary? a (1) : strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties. Click link for full defintion
What is LOVE according to the Bible? 1 Corinthians 13:4-8: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres. Love never fails.
So, combining what we know about love from the Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, what the Bible tells us about love-as God intends and believing we are sanctified by God’s word, and is the TRUTH (FACTS) upon which we stand (John 17:17), let’s begin to reflect on who God really IS!
God’s affection and love for YOU, arising out of His personal tie to mankind as our maker (Genesis 1:17), and kinship through Jesus Christ, is STRONG and can not be broken.
“GOD IS LOVE and GOD LOVES YOU”
He admires YOU, desires to do good toward you and shares in your interests. He is able to remain calm with you, He is not annoyed by you and He will wait for a long time on you. He is willing to bear your pain and will do so calmly and without complaint. He is gentle in His care for you and is considerate of you. He does not resent you and does not consider Himself more important than you. You are not a disgrace to Him and He does not want to hurt you. He forgives you and It’s OK. He is so happy when He looks at you. You are a reflection of His glory and goodness, through the blood of His only son Jesus, and freely gives you His special favor. He is covering you, and He is your defense! He will never change and His love for you will remain constant, continually occurring. In spite of your opposition, counter influences and discouragement He will carry on and hang in there with you until the very end. His love for you will not weaken, fade away, and will succeed!