God is not angry.


A survey I read recently, indicated that most Americans see God as angry.  Ready to deliver swift punishment, to people, or nations, if they sin and disobey him.  Or they see God as distant and uninvolved.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2010-10-07-1Agod07_CV_N.htm

God communicates to us through his word, The Holy Bible. Not through surveys and opinion polls. How does God really feel toward mankind? As far as God being distant, and uninvolved, we read ;

Psalm 139. 17-19 17How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!18If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

And in the gospel of John,

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

God would not send his only begotten Son, to suffer and die, if he was angry with us.  He so loved the world. God loves the world. When  Jesus was traveling with his disciples, and came to a town in Samaria that did not welcome him, what was his response?

Luke 9. 52-56

52And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.

53And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.

54And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?

55But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.

56For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

Jesus came to save, not to destroy. Even his birth, gave witness to God being at peace with mankind. Shortly after Jesus was born, we read this, in the gospel of Luke.

Luke  2. 13-15

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Notice it does not say good will among men, but good will toward men. God was again proclaiming his love for mankind, at Jesus birth. But what about sin? God, you would think, certainly wants to punish sinners.  Lets see what Jesus did when confronted with sin.  In John 8. 3-11,

3And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

4They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

5Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

6This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

7So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

8And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

9And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

10When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

11She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Jesus said to the woman , neither do I condemn thee. Jesus followed this by saying, go and sin no more. God knows that sin brings us pain and suffering. Because Jesus loved this woman, he did not want to see her suffer in any way, for her sin.  Also perhaps, if she was caught again, he might not be around to intervene .  God loves us.  Paul wrote to the church in Rome,

Romans 2:4
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

It should be the goodness of God that leads us to a life of change, not cowering in fear. When we come to a revelation of the love of God, we will be lead to serve him with a heart of joy, and also want to be like our Lord Jesus, and serve others as well.

2 Comments

  1. Angelita

    This was awesome! God has blessed you with the gift of writing.

    • Thanks for your encouraging comments.

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