BC Coast sky-photo

What is God Like?

God is Love

God is Love, what does this mean?

What is Love?

Love is a term of endearment usually describing a great interest or enjoyment in someone or something. To say that God is love suggests that he radiates love and is therefore loving, kind, interested and generous. People who believe in God and in Jesus would usually agree that this is how they experience him. His generosity is often attributed to his willingness to forgive. Proverbs 6:16 lists things that God detests, things covered basically in the ten commandments.

Forgiveness of sins is a big biblical theme.

Many people deny the presence of God.

Often they are ignoring his presence. The word "Christian" is deceptive because many people go to church, sing hymns, listen to sermons and participate in prayers, even pray on their own, but never connect with the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit (HS) that brings Christians to life. The HS guides us, heals us, gives us wisdom and energy as needed.

Sometimes when children are raised as Christians

and then walk away and deny God, they are denying what they have experienced because they have not experienced the Trinity of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

Is there a Devil?

Indeed the devil is real. He plants ideas and suggestions in our minds to lead us away from God. Sometimes he puts negative images in our minds and our dreams. He is a force to reckon with. The only way to stay clear of him is to described in the Bible in James 4, verse 7: "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. vs8: Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

What's tricky about this?

The fact that resisting the devil is easy but you have to remember to continue doing it. He is persistent. It is not a one time only expulsion.

If God exists why does He let this happen?

Strangely enough the answer is in the Bible. God created us, in Genesis, with free will so we could decide our behaviour for ourselves. If God had wanted us to be more robotic he would have made us that way. Instead He wants us to pursue righteousness and be loyal to him.

He

sets limits for us: commandments; He disciplines us when needed: in his own time and in keeping with the plan that he has for each of us. He gave us His Son Jesus Christ so we could better connect with Him. Jesus said: No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6;

God is a Holy and pure hearted being. He detests certain behaviours and has labeled them as sin, but as we are beings with free will we all sin. Jesus, who is God, does not sin. From each of us, God wants our love and our obedience. This is not a crippling obedience that spoils our fun but a loving obedience that brings peace, joy and love as well as eternal salvation into our lives. God said, we will be his people.

In the old testament the discipline I mentioned above sometimes seems quite harsh but to anyone who followed God's rules, the love of God was with them. In the New Testament starting with Matthew, the presence of Jesus brings the love of God closer to us. Jesus said "I and my Father are one" John 10:30 and gave us two commandments: Love God and Love our neighbor. It takes a certain maturity to do either. However Jesus makes a promise that if we acknowledge Him as the son of God and follow these commandments we will go to Heaven. God's love, which is abundant, is available to us if we reach out for it.

Why didn't anybody ever tell me this? Maybe they did tell me but I wasn't ready to hear it. Connecting to God is a very personal experience: We have to be ready for it in order to let it happen. One problem with this is if we don't get on board we might miss the train. This is not a train you want to miss.

You can ask God for things through prayer. For success in this regard there are some rules:
  1. First you have to ask Him. ASk him through prayer: group prayers are better.
  2. You must believe that your prayer will be answered. (Mark 11:24) "Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them."
  3. Pray for what suits God's will and not your own. (James 4:3) "You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures."
So now again we can ask,

Why do People Pray?

The owners manual for human beings consists of our ability to talk to God. We pray for health, strength, wisdom and for happiness for ourselves and others.

Why do some people deny God?

Every Christian knows people who deny God. They may or may not say they are Christians but they do not have faith or understand what it means to have the Holy Spirit in them. Why does this happen?  Many reasons but in some cases, historically, God has hardened the hearts of some people so that they are slow to know him. About the Egyptian Pharaoh in the time of Moses, the Bible,Exodus 9:12, says: "And the Lord Hardened the heart of Pharaoh." Presumably God did this because of previous negative behavior from Pharaoh. In Romans 11:8 God hardens the hearts of Jews to not recognize Jesus as his Son. Creating ears that cannot hear, eyes that cannot see and minds that cannot understand is something that God sometimes does to people, I believe because either he loses patience with their refusal to acknowledge him or because he is tired of their poor behavior. God seems to want people to put forth some effort to get to know him. To read more on how Christians should behave, Click Here

Is God doing the same thing today with people who resist his presence? With Pharaoh, there were so many drastic things that happened to the Egyptians it is almost unbelievable that Pharaoh did not become a Christian. This makes it entirely believable that God had hardened his heart. In the time of the crucifixion of Jesus the same can be said. Jesus was healing the sick, bringing the dead back to life and doing many other miracles and yet the stoical Jewish population of the day crucified him.

Given all of this, it is easy to believe that for whatever reason God is hardening the hearts of modern day people, causing them to not recognize him. There are also other reasons for denying God. One is Ego driven because accepting God involves acknowledging dependence. It also involves giving up immorality and decadence.

Tune in here for . . .

Favorite Bible verses: