For how long will God be merciful? How far does God’s mercy go? How can finite man answer such a question about an infinite God? The depth of God’s love is expressed in the statement “God is love” (1 Jn. 4:8, 16). How can we understand God’s capacity to love?
One characteristic of God for which we can all be eternally grateful is the reality that God is merciful! Where would we be, what hope would we have were it not for God’s mercy? When we were spiritually dead in our sins, God’s mercy provided for us an opportunity to be brought back to life (Eph. 2:4-5).
God is good! One day, I received an email that included the statement, “God is good, all of the time.” That statement was more significant in that the email gave a report of a family member who had been diagnosed with cancer. The truth is, God is good all of the time! Even when things seem to be going badly for us, God is still good. Even when we pray to God for deliverance from a difficult situation, and His answer is “No” or “Wait awhile,” God is still good.
This past Sunday morning, I launched into a series of studies asking the question, “What Is God Like?” This series will study the nature of God by examining various characteristics of Him that we can observe in scripture. Hopefully, by carefully considering these characteristics, we can come to a better understanding of God and develop a closer relationship with Him.
Do you believe there will be a final Day Of Judgment on which God will judge all mankind based on how they lived their lives on this earth? Many people either discount the concept altogether, or they view the possibility as being of little consequence. Many see God almost totally as a God of grace. They either cannot, or refuse, to see God also as a God of judgment. The two characteristics are not mutually exclusive. They are simply different aspects of God’s nature.
Gary L. Hutchens