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God is known by many names, each reflecting something important about who He is as the Self-Existent and Omnipotent Creator of everything that exists.
God is Love
1. Our Creator Is Love It is crucial that we recognize that God is love. Scripture describes Him this way countless times; one such verse in John 3:16 stands out: ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, so that anyone believing in him might not perish but have eternal life.”
Although “love” is often used to refer to God, it’s essential that we remember it’s not any old form of love that He displays; his is something special known as “agape.” Agape refers to an unconditional and selfless form of affection that distinguishes it from romantic attachment or familial affection – the kind that led Jesus Christ to give up His life for us all and that we are called on to share.
Though we may never fully grasp it, God’s love for humanity can be seen clearly through all His actions – including the sacrifice of His own Son as a symbol of that love and what true agape love looks like.
Christians who claim to follow Christ should strive to live lives full of agape love – not only towards others but themselves as well. Only then can we truly say we know and are known by our Creator. Here are a few passages which talk more specifically about this type of affection:
God is Truth
There is an increasingly prevalent global philosophy which says words lack objective content and can be twisted to mean whatever someone wishes, leading to lies and deceits that cause immense harm in this world. Scripture indicates that speaking the truth will set people free (John 8:32); we must always endeavor to speak it lovingly (2 Cor 4:5) when confronting others; standing for our beliefs can sometimes result in friendship loss or even life itself (John 15:18).
Biblically, truth refers to anything which coincides with reality. Furthermore, according to Scripture it also encompasses whatever aligns with God’s mind, will, character and glory – meaning Jesus fully embodies and represents this truth of his Father.
God also makes known His truth through His written Word, the Bible. Indeed, the Psalmist begged the Lord to lead him and keep him established in it (Ps 119:43). A person living according to truth relies on both Scripture and Christ as his guide (James 1:22).
To be in the truth, one must have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. According to James 1:8 of the Bible, those walking in truth do not lie and their thoughts are honest (James 1:18-19). Living righteously and loving our neighbors as ourselves (1 John 3:18-21) is made possible through living within truth – true followers of Christ serve their Lord by being friends of truth who aid those struggling with it (Ps. 71:22), as well as sharing his wisdom and skill for serving fellow believers (Ps. 107:23-24).
God is Mercy
God wants his people to understand one essential truth about Him: He is merciful. He does not ignore sinful behavior but deals with it head on; His wrath serves as its stem while mercy forms its blossom.
The Bible defines mercy as God’s compassion and kindness toward people. Mercy first manifests itself during salvation when called grace and continues on through forgiveness as part of his loving character – this is also why He wants us in his lives!
Compassion extends beyond physical help to include healing and caregiving for those in distress. Mercy is the result of Jesus’s compassionate heart, prompting him to help those in need – inviting lepers like Lazarus back.
Understand this and you will appreciate that God’s mercy encompasses every aspect of life – even suffering and death, which should never be taken as punishment but instead viewed as God showing us how to lead a better way.
But some have difficulty accepting this notion of a merciful God. When they consider their suffering and pain, it may lead them to think God is angry with them or punishing them; yet this perception may not match up with reality – an irreparable tragedy for anyone who doesn’t realize this truth – the only solution lies within God’s throne of mercy, where change from within may happen more swiftly.
God is Power
The Bible often speaks of God’s power, but nothing better illustrates His might than Jesus’ resurrection. It stands as one of history’s greatest miracles and one of the most impactful ways a believer can show their faith to non-Christians by showing His might through weak vessels (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).
Anything is impossible when approached using human strength alone; because God created everything there is no task too great or hard for Him. Miracles and forgiveness of sins are clear proofs of that fact (Jeremiah 32:17; Mark 14:36).
If you come across someone in distress, take it upon yourself to be the larger person and reach out with some words of comfort or assistance – it could make all the difference to their day and life. Even just smiling can make a significant impactful statement about who we are as people.
God is Peace
People often think peace comes when all circumstances align perfectly, believing it only becomes possible when everything is perfect and cannot exist otherwise. God’s peace works differently. When his peace reigns over your life as his child and it literally stands guard over every situation that arises in this world – protecting from anxiety or fearful thoughts trying to enter and cause stress in turn.
The Bible asserts that God’s peace surpasses all understanding, as this kind of peace cannot be perceived through human reasoning alone. Furthermore, its existence might seem inconceivable in light of all the challenges Christians endure but nonetheless exist thanks to Christ Jesus who can bring supernatural calm even during chaotic situations.
Hebrew peace means wholeness, happiness, and well-being – not no war – although biblical writers sometimes used “Shalom Aleichem”, meaning may health and wellbeing be upon each person they met.
If you want to gain more insight into the incredible peace that the Lord provides, I suggest reading Joni Eareckson Tada’s The Path to Peace as an excellent devotional book on how biblical characters experienced his comfort even during turbulent and trying circumstances. Additionally, this hymn-rich work offers hope and helps find inner peace amidst trials.