By Deborah Nayrocker, M.Ed., Crosswalk.com
Do you ever wonder what God is really like?
Our Father God is the Creator of the world. He created us and wants to have a real and lasting relationship with us. He has made himself known to us.
God’s character is unchanging. It is constant and consistent.
His character has not changed throughout the generations past. In Malachi 3:6 God said, “I the LORD do not change.”
The more we know of His divine character, the more we’ll be aware of His perfect love for each one of us. Let's celebrate these seven attributes and promises of God’s character:
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1. God Is Holy
Max Anders says, “God is an infinite, eternal spirit, the self-existent creator of the universe and is sovereign over it.” This definition is a good start, yet there's more.
The prophet Isaiah was in the temple when he was allowed to see the Lord in a vision. Isaiah saw angels in heaven calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3).
He sees God’s splendor and glory. At the sight of a holy God he is made fully aware of his own iniquities.
God’s holiness and mighty power are displayed. In Isaiah 51:15-16 it says,
“For I am the LORD your God, who churns up the sea so that its waves roar – The LORD Almighty is his name. …
I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’”
We know that “holiness” means set apart from sin to righteousness. Because of God’s nature He isn’t capable of sinning. He has never sinned.
In God there is absolute holiness. He is the high standard of what it means to be holy. He loves good and hates evil.
He wants us to be set apart from sin to righteousness.
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2. God Is Loving
God has loved us from the beginning with an everlasting love. He created us and knows us.
God has real compassion for each one of us. He cares about what is going on in our lives.
He loves us with an unfathomable love. He is steadfast in his love for us.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Because He loves us we are more than conquerors in life, no matter what comes our way. Nothing whatsoever will ever separate us from His love.
3. God Is Merciful
God’s mercies are endless and everlasting.
God’s mercy is based on His longsuffering and compassion. Many of His healings came after people cried out for mercy.
In the New Testament, one example is the story of the two men who were blind and they called out for help. Another example is the 10 lepers who were outcast and pleaded for mercy.
Mercy also means not giving someone the punishment he or she deserves. Because of God’s mercy, He saved us. Through His mercy, He provides a way of escape even though we deserve judgment and death (Titus 3:5-7).
When we take God’s acceptable way of escape through Jesus, He provides a safe haven. Because of God’s mercy, we escape the results of our sins.
Anyone can receive God’s mercy. “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
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4. God Is Good
God has only good gifts for us. He made a big universe that shows His goodness.
There is an abundant supply of His goodness. “You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance” (Psalm 65:11).
It is God who gives us our individual talents and abilities so we can live productive lives and make wealth. He provides what we need. We can trust in His goodness and generosity.
We have a good Father. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).
He does good things for us and He intends to do good things for us. This doesn’t mean that life will always be easy for people that love God. But in the end, things will be well (Romans 8:28).
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5. God Is Wise
God is full of wisdom. He has an abundance of knowledge and discernment. In His wisdom He created the universe and He rules over it.
Paul spoke in awe of God’s greatness. He said, “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever” (1 Timothy 1:17).
It may be hard to grasp that God is eternal. That is, He has always existed.
He is all-knowing. He knows what is going on today and what is possible.
God is all-wise. In Him we find the treasures of knowledge and discernment. We don’t have all the answers but He does.
James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
Our wisdom comes from God. He gives us more wisdom as we have fellowship with him, read the Bible, and pray.
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6. God Is Just
God does what is right and is righteous. He keeps a scroll of remembrance. He knows the people who fear Him and honor His name (Malachi 3:16).
In Genesis we read the account of Abraham and Lot. From this story we learn that God is merciful; He is also just. He withholds His judgment for a time, because He doesn’t want anyone to perish.
Because God is just, he acts as a judge. We can approach God as a judge.
We read the parable of the persistent widow in Luke 18:1-8. In this story a widow pleaded with a judge and bothered him for justice against her adversary until she received justice.
In the same way God will bring about justice for people who fear Him and cry out to Him. Keep praying for justice and do not give up.
In faith, we can go before the courts of God and ask for justice. The Lord’s Prayer says, “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
Sometime in the future the court will be seated and God will come as judge (Revelation 20:11-15). This will be the great white throne judgment.
The books will be opened. Another book, the book of life, will be opened. Each person will be judged according to what he has done.
God Almighty will spare the people who fear and serve Him. He will destroy the wicked. God plans judgment for a world that rejects Him.
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7. God Is Faithful
1 Corinthians 1:9 says, “God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.”
Paul used the Greek word pistos when writing of God’s faithfulness. Faithful means true and trustworthy; steadfast to one’s trust, word, or promises. There are many accounts in the Bible where God shows us He is faithful.
He can be trusted all the time and in everything. His words and promises are true and trustworthy. We can always depend on Him.
How have you seen God’s faithfulness in your life?
Responding to God’s Promises of His Unchanging Character
Now that we know seven of God’s unchanging attributes, how will we respond?
What is God’s charge to us? We are to be faithful to Him. We’ll give Him honor and praise for who He is.
One day we’ll meet Him up in heaven. One day we’ll be home with our heavenly Father and it will be glorious and truly amazing!
If you’re not a believer, why not?
You can believe the promises and truths of His character. You can trust that He always acts for our benefit.
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