How well we understand God is extremely important. Do we clearly know God's will?
1 John 2:3 [ The Test of Knowing Him ] Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. NKJV
How the bible describes God... in one word... intimacy.
John 3:33 God is truthful
Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
Psalm 86:15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
1 John 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
Psalm 37:31 The law of their God is in their hearts.
John 4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.
1 Corinthians 14:33 God is not a God of disorder but of peace
2 Thessalonians 1:6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you
James 5:11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Psalm 103:8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
Who is God?
God is our spiritual solution to our inward problems. The development of these characteristics is the solution. Our problems lie within our decisions to follow other's demonstrations and instructions instead of Christ's. If we believe in Christ we follow Christ otherwise we follow deceptions. If we say we are Christian, yet do not pursue behavior as a Christian, as the bible describes Christian behavior, then we are lying or at least following lies. Perhaps we have been taught and many around us have been taught all we need to do is say we are Christian, go to church, and attend a bible study etc.
1 John 2:4 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. NKJV
God has character and students become like their teacher. We ought to increase and practice God's character in all our activities. These are spiritual skills. Being patient and kind takes thought, effort, intention, demonstration, guidance, practice, and learning. This is not black and white, for every situation is unique. As we experience God's character with each other we can better understand God. We ought to grow in knowledge and experience through adapting and assimilating God's character more and more into our belief structure, heart, and attitudes.
We can begin by choosing one or two characteristics to incorporate more into our lives, like patience or truth. We create our schedules around putting them into practice and training. We begin memorizing and reminding ourselves to practice such characteristics in all our activities. In meditation we may envision or imagine ourselves in situations applying these new characteristics. Our hearts must be present and we need to sense the Grace in our participation with the character. It takes time to see a difference, but in time, we can be transformed in a more meaningful, fulfilling, and Christian manner. God's amazing grace becomes alive and active within us and our relationships. Pride, selfishness, fear, and resentment can fade away. We can feel more confident, content, at peace, assured, and hopeful, with love and joy, as we continue to align ourselves with God's principles. We ought to evaluate the spiritual affects practicing such character has on our relationships, feelings, attitude.
Our experience can be enhanced in sharing with someone else like a mentor, spiritual advisor, friend, or significant other. The Holy Spirit within us can build unity in our relationships. Our spiritual connection can feed, develop, and grow through God's love. We ought to read scripture, evaluate ourselves, and practice new characteristics daily. For anything to be solidified within our minds we need to think, practice and remind ourselves repeatedly over time. Faith has to do with belief and putting God's word into practice can provide us with powerful evidence leading to increased faith. Seeing and experiencing is believing.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. NKJV
We ought to take time each day thinking, learning, practicing, seeking, and developing God's character. Below is a long list of scripture verses with God's character. We ought to see how we can put God's ways into practice with increasing measure. Anyone can forgive and have mercy, although some adjustment may be needed to let go of the grudges, pride, selfishness, fear, and resentments which can often block us from God's love.
1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. NKJV
Through humility and willingness we can let go of such barriers. By submission as God's humble servant we may be set free. We ought to slowly let go of old teachings which do not match with God's character and instruction. We all have understandings which need correction. It is always important to remain objective and question ourselves thoroughly and daily. We can't very well learn if we are not ready to see where we are wrong. We all sin and are all wrong in many ways. Growth can occur as we recognize where we are wrong and apply new corrective action, God's Grace. So let's open our hearts and minds, see where we are wrong, and practice some Godly solutions.
God is Gracious
Psalm 116:5 The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.
Psalm 111:4 He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
Psalm 112:4 Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
Psalm 112:5 A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion.
Psalm 119:29 Remove from me the way of lying, And grant me Your law graciously.
Psalm 145:8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.
Psalm 145:17 The Lord is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works.
Joel 2:13 So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.
Jonah 4:2 So he prayed to the Lord, and said, “Ah, Lord, was not this what I said when I was still in my country? Therefore I fled previously to Tarshish; for I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, One who relents from doing harm.
Malachi 1:9 “But now entreat God’s favor, That He may be gracious to us. While this is being done by your hands, Will He accept you favorably?” Says the Lord of hosts.
Daniel 9:9 To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him.
Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Numbers 14:18 ‘The Lord is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.’
Psalm 86:5 For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.
James 5:15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
God is merciful
Psalm 106:1 Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Exodus 34:6 And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth,
Deuteronomy 4:31 (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.
Deuteronomy 7:9 “Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
2 Samuel 24:14 And David said to God, “I am in great distress. Please let us fall into the hand of the Lord, for His mercies are great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”
1 Chronicles 16:34 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Psalm 25:6 Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, For they are from of old.
Psalm 32:10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him.
Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy,
Psalm 33:22 Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, Just as we hope in You.
Psalm 36:5 Your mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Psalm 62:12 Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; For You render to each one according to his work.
Psalm 69:16 Hear me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good; Turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies.
Psalm 85:7 Show us Your mercy, Lord, And grant us Your salvation.
Psalm 103:17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children,
Psalm 107:1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.
Psalm 119:41 Let Your mercies come also to me, O Lord— Your salvation according to Your word.
God is truth
Joshua 24:14 “Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord!
1 Samuel 12:24 Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.
2 Samuel 2:6 And now may the Lord show kindness and truth to you. I also will repay you this kindness, because you have done this thing.
1 Kings 2:4 that the Lord may fulfill His word which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons take heed to their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul,’ He said, ‘you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’
Psalm 25:10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
Psalm 31:5 Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
Psalm 33:4 For the word of the Lord is right, And all His work is done in truth.
Psalm 40:11 Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord; Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me.
Psalm 86:15 But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.
Psalm 100:5 For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.
Psalm 117:2 For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!
Psalm 145:18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.
Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal truthfully are His delight.
Proverbs 16:6 In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.
Isaiah 10:20 [ The Returning Remnant of Israel ] And it shall come to pass in that day That the remnant of Israel, And such as have escaped of the house of Jacob, Will never again depend on him who defeated them, But will depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
Isaiah 25:1 [ Praise to God ] O Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, For You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
Isaiah 61:8 “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, And will make with them an everlasting covenant.
Jeremiah 4:2 And you shall swear, ‘The Lord lives,’ In truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; The nations shall bless themselves in Him, And in Him they shall glory.”
Jeremiah 5:3 O Lord, are not Your eyes on the truth? You have stricken them, But they have not grieved; You have consumed them, But they have refused to receive correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; They have refused to return.
Jeremiah 7:28 “So you shall say to them, ‘This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.
Jeremiah 9:3 “And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies. They are not valiant for the truth on the earth. For they proceed from evil to evil, And they do not know Me,” says the Lord.
Jeremiah 9:3 “And like their bow they have bent their tongues for lies. They are not valiant for the truth on the earth. For they proceed from evil to evil, And they do not know Me,” says the Lord.
Zechariah 8:3 “Thus says the Lord: ‘I will return to Zion, And dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth, The Mountain of the Lord of hosts, The Holy Mountain.’
Zechariah 8:19 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘The fast of the fourth month, The fast of the fifth, The fast of the seventh, And the fast of the tenth, Shall be joy and gladness and cheerful feasts For the house of Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.’
2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,
2 John 1:3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
God is Peace
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Acts 10:36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all
Romans 1:7 To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Romans 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
Romans 16:20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
1 Corinthians 1:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 7:15 But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace.
1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
2 Corinthians 1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Galatians 1:3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ,
Galatians 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
Ephesians 1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 6:23 Peace to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Colossians 1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy, a beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Titus 1:4 To Titus, a true son in our common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
Philemon 1:3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 13:20 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
God heals, restores, cleans, purifies, saves, revives, vindicates, recompenses, atones, sanctifies, delivers, frees, sets liberty, renews, reconciles, rescues
Psalm 30:2 O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.
Psalm 41:4 I said, “Lord, be merciful to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”
Psalm 107:20 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.
Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.
Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.
Isaiah 19:22 And the Lord will strike Egypt, He will strike and heal it; they will return to the Lord, and He will be entreated by them and heal them.
Isaiah 57:18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him; I will also lead him, And restore comforts to him And to his mourners.
Isaiah 57:19 “I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” Says the Lord, “And I will heal him.”
Isaiah 58:8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Isaiah 61:1 [ The Good News of Salvation ] “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
Jeremiah 3:22 “Return, you backsliding children, And I will heal your backslidings.” “Indeed we do come to You, For You are the Lord our God.
Jeremiah 17:14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.
Jeremiah 33:6 Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.
Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return to the Lord; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.
Hosea 14:4 “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, For My anger has turned away from him.
Matthew 12:15 But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.
Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
Luke 6:19 And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.
John 12:40 “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.”
Acts 28:27 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.”’
James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Galatians 6:1 "Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted."
Matthew 17:11 Jesus replied, “To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things.
Romans 11:22-23 "Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. 23 And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again."
2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
1 Peter 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Ezekiel 36:33 ‘Thus says the Lord God: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt.
Ezekiel 37:23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Hebrews 9:14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Genesis 35:2 And Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments.
Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
2 Timothy 1:3 [ Timothy’s Faith and Heritage ] I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day,
Deuteronomy 20:4 for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’
Genesis 45:7 And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
2 Samuel 22:3 The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence.
Psalm 7:10 My defense is of God, Who saves the upright in heart.
Isaiah 45:22 “Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.
Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”
Zechariah 9:16 The Lord their God will save them in that day, As the flock of His people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, Lifted like a banner over His land—
John 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Romans 10:1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved.
1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
2 Corinthians 2:15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
Hebrews 7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
1 Peter 3:21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
Psalm 80:18 Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name.
Psalm 85:6 Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
Isaiah 57:15 For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
Hosea 6:2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.
1 Kings 8:32 then hear from heaven and act. Judge between your servants, condemning the guilty by bringing down on their heads what they have done, and vindicating the innocent by treating them in accordance with their innocence.
2 Chronicles 6:23 then hear from heaven and act. Judge between your servants, condemning the guilty and bringing down on their heads what they have done, and vindicating the innocent by treating them in accordance with their innocence.
Psalm 7:8 Let the Lord judge the peoples. Vindicate me, Lord, according to my righteousness, according to my integrity, O Most High.
Psalm 17:2 Let my vindication come from you; may your eyes see what is right.
Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.
Psalm 24:5 They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior.
Psalm 26:1 [ Psalm 26 ] [ Of David. ] Vindicate me, Lord, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord and have not faltered.
Psalm 35:24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God; do not let them gloat over me.
Psalm 35:27 May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, “The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.”
Psalm 43:1 Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked.
Psalm 57:2 I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me.
Psalm 135:14 For the Lord will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants.
Psalm 138:8 The Lord will vindicate me; your love, Lord, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.
Jeremiah 51:10 “‘The Lord has vindicated us; come, let us tell in Zion what the Lord our God has done.’
1 Timothy 3:16 Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.
Isaiah 40:10 See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.
Isaiah 62:11 The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your Savior comes! See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.’”
Proverbs 16:6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.
Isaiah 6:7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
Isaiah 22:14 The Lord Almighty has revealed this in my hearing: “Till your dying day this sin will not be atoned for,” says the Lord, the Lord Almighty.
Ezekiel 16:63 Then, when I make atonement for you for all you have done, you will remember and be ashamed and never again open your mouth because of your humiliation, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”
Daniel 9:24 “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.
Romans 3:25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—
Hebrews 2:17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.
John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
Romans 15:16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. He gave me the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be his holy people, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:
1 Corinthians 6:11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
1 Thessalonians 4:3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
1 Thessalonians 5:23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 [ Stand Firm ] But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.
1 Peter 1:2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
Genesis 45:7 But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
Genesis 49:18 “I look for your deliverance, Lord.
1 Samuel 2:1 [ Hannah’s Prayer ] Then Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.
1 Samuel 26:24 As surely as I valued your life today, so may the Lord value my life and deliver me from all trouble.”
2 Samuel 22:2 He said: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
1 Kings 1:29 The king then took an oath: “As surely as the Lord lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble,
2 Kings 17:39 Rather, worship the Lord your God; it is he who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.”
2 Chronicles 20:17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”
Job 33:28 God has delivered me from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light of life.’
Job 36:15 But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.
Psalm 3:7 Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.
Psalm 3:8 From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
Psalm 6:4 Turn, Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.
Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 26:11 I lead a blameless life; deliver me and be merciful to me.
Psalm 31:1 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness.
Psalm 31:5 Into your hands I commit my spirit; deliver me, Lord, my faithful God.
Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
Psalm 37:40 The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.
Psalm 72:12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.
Psalm 79:9 Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.
Psalm 86:13 For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead.
Psalm 97:10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Psalm 106:43 Many times he delivered them, but they were bent on rebellion and they wasted away in their sin.
Psalm 107:6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
Proverbs 11:4 Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
Proverbs 11:6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.
Hosea 13:14 “I will deliver this people from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction? “I will have no compassion,
Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’
Romans 7:25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.
2 Corinthians 1:10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us,
2 Thessalonians 3:2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith.
Is God an angry God?
The bible describes times when God became angry, but it would be poor judgement to describe him as an angry God. God appears to get angry like a parent who tells their child a million times not run in traffic and then they go do it anyway. Over an over throughout the bible love, mercy, and forgiveness are discussed concerning God, but for some reason a few people become fixed minded on how God is an angry punishing God. Any parent who does not provide accountability to their children will most likely run into a lot of problems and regret. God has created spiritual suffering for our sinful choices to help guide us away from repeating the mistakes. Our problems grow when we choose to ignore God's nudging and resist making changes.
God is to protect us as we listen, seek, and obey God's instructions. When we refuse and then move out of God's protection (Ezekiel 39 God hides from us), we set ourselves up for problems. This is not suggesting that anyone following and obeying God is free of hurt or suffering. However, most thieves, murderer's, drug addicts, liars, selfish and dishonest people end up heaping huge amounts of negativity upon their hearts, minds, and souls while destroying others around them. God can protect us from much spiritual suffering in the forms of shame, hate, fear, loneliness, emptiness, anxiety, and anger. Selfishness and pride are our enemies. Fault finding in others, blame, and shame often get in the way.
Exodus 34:6-7 And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, 7 keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” NKJV
(It may be best to read Ezekiel 18 for a better understanding of this last sentence.)
People acting against God and living destructively hurt others. When others get hurt, they tend to hurt others as well. Hurt people often hurt other people. God demonstrates compassion and love inviting hurt people to follow him. Yet it is their choice. Forgiveness is available. As long as we hold a grudge against God for whatever reason, we will be choosing to stay away from God's peace, forgiveness, mercy, and love.
Nehemiah 9:17 They refused to obey, And they were not mindful of Your wonders That You did among them. But they hardened their necks, And in their rebellion[b] They appointed a leader To return to their bondage.
But You are God, Ready to pardon, Gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, Abundant in kindness, And did not forsake them. NKJV
Psalm 89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.
Evil can happen from our choices and other's choices.
God is not evil, but God lets it happen, because of our choices. We are given a choice and many chose to be evil and to teach others to be evil. Inside us we have a guide to help us move away from evil if we listen and follow the Holy Spirit.
5 This is the message which we have heard from him and announce to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. WEB
2 Thessalonians 1:6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you NIV
As we Seek God's will from our heart and increasingly being productive in God's character, our lives can become filled with awe and wonder. Yet when we follow our selfish desires, destructive consequences often develop.
God is good
There is before us a path to freedom, peace, mercy, love, forgiveness, joy, and comfort, but we must choose it.
Mark 12:30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’[a] This is the first commandment. WEB
Matthew 22: 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[d] 38 This is the first and great commandment. WEB
Luke 10:25 Behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind;[c] and your neighbor as yourself.”[d] 28 He said to him, “You have answered correctly. Do this, and you will live.” WEB
Deuteronomy 6 4 Hear, Israel: Yahweh is our God. Yahweh is one. 5 You shall love Yahweh your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. WEB
1 John 4 16 We know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. 17 In this love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love. 19 We love him, because he first loved us. 20 If a man says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who doesn’t love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 This commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should also love his brother. WEB
Proverbs 10:11 The mouth of the righteous is a spring of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked. 12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all wrongs. 13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has discernment, but a rod is for the back of him who is void of understanding. WEB
1 Peter 4 7 But the end of all things is near. Therefore be of sound mind, self-controlled, and sober in prayer. 8 And above all things be earnest in your love among yourselves, for love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. WEB
We are called to repent, follow, obey, listen, seek, and love God. When we love God with all our heart, soul, and strength we will increasingly be with Him. This has been the case since Adam.
Psalm 73:1 Surely God[a] is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone.
My steps had nearly slipped.
3 For I was envious of the arrogant,
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. WEB
Psalm 84:11 For Yahweh God is a sun and a shield.
Yahweh will give grace and glory.
He withholds no good thing from those who walk blamelessly.
12 Yahweh of Armies,
blessed is the man who trusts in you.