Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

How Do You See God?

I am probably getting in way over my head here, but I have a question; How do you see God?

I was talking with a man last week and he was struggling with questions about how to console a friend.  I don’t know the specifics and they are not important to this discussion.  This man’s friend had lost a child and the child had never accepted Jesus as his savior.  The man was distraught about never being united with his child again.  Clearly the friend and probably the man I was speaking with came from a religious tradition that taught it’s flock that you need to accept Jesus to be saved.  So, how do you see God?

We have attributes of God such as Omnibenevolence, Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Omniscience but they don’t tell us much about His/Her personality (the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual’s distinctive character).  I think God’s personality is largely based on how we experience God through our relationship and experience with Him/Her. 

1 John 4:7-10 The Message

7-10 My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.

God’s love is characterized by Grace – Forgiveness and is Eternal and Unconditional.

The man I was speaking with is a father.  Jesus called God “Father”.  I don’t believe a good father would separate this man from his child. That is not Love.  That is not Grace.  That is not forgiveness.  That is not God.

Loving God, help us walk in relationship with you daily as we become more like you.

Grace and Peace,

Mark Autterson