How would you describe God?
Would you use words like angry or forgiving? What about harsh, hard to please, or dictator? Or would you maybe describe Him as loving, generous, gentle, Father?
At face value and with little context, the God of the Old Testament can sometimes get the reputation of being an unhappy ruler ready to hit the eject button on humans at any given moment. But is that really His character? What if we told you that the same God of the Old Testament is the same loving, compassionate God we read of in the New Testament.
How do we reconcile an angry or forgiving God?
You may find yourself having trouble wrapping your mind around a God of consuming fire being the same God of compassion if you grew up with a preconceived notion that God is wholly fiery, or vice versa.
God is both the embodiment of righteousness and justice. He is not one or the other; He is both. And even in His justice and righteousness, He is still a compassionate Father.
He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.Deuteronomy 32:4
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