God chose to demonstrate his glory through Jesus. You cannot separate God’s intentions from Jesus’ intentions. Jesus acted like a mirror to God’s character – showcasing it to the world through signs, wonders and miracles.
“He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power.” Heb 1:3
If you see Jesus acting kindly and showing compassion – know that it is God’s heart as well. If you see Jesus telling the adulteress He does not condemn her – know that this is God’s heart as well. Jesus only did what He saw reflected in His Father’s heart – and this resulted in people being healed, lives being saved and condemnation being taken away.
“So Jesus answered them by saying, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the Son is able to do nothing of Himself (of His own accord); but He is able to do only what He sees the Father doing, for whatever the Father does is what the Son does in the same way [in His turn].” John 5:19
God is good and kind, and He loves perfectly. He demonstrated this through the life of Jesus on earth. Never forget that!
As humans with many flaws we are quick to underestimate our value and worth. God wants us to understand how valuable we are in His eyes, because this will convince us of His love and provision in our lives. The first verse I want to quote:
“Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?” Matt 6:26
We are worth much more than the birds in the air. Yet we foolishly think God would take care of them but not of us! We need not worry about anything, for He cares for us. The second verse I want to quote:
“Again the kingdom of heaven is like a man who is a dealer in search of fine and precious pearls, Who, on finding a single pearl of great price, went and sold all he had and bought it.” Matt 13:45-46
We are that pearl of great price. God offered everything He had – His only Son, in order to save us and buy our redemption. He placed such high value on our lives that He did not even spare His only son (Rom 8:32). Christ purchased our freedom (Gal 3:13). Another verse comes to mind explaining our worth:
“You shall also be [so beautiful and prosperous as to be thought of as] a crown of glory and honor in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem [exceedingly beautiful] in the hand of your God.” Is 62:3
Never underestimate your worth. Realize what a costly price God paid in order to restore us to Himself. Boldly approach His throne of grace, realizing you are a precious pearl of great worth to Him!
In a previous post I spoke about how God is earnestly waiting and longing to be gracious to us and to show us His kindness. Today I want to elaborate on that a bit, by referring to two more scriptures testifying to this fact. Firstly Jesus used the example of an earthly father’s heart towards his child:
“Or what man is there of you, if his son asks him for a loaf of bread, will hand him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will hand him a serpent? If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!” Matt 7:9-11
Now if you don’t have children yet, imagine a parent, close friend or beloved pet. If they approach you hungry, will you spitefully give them a stone to chew on? No! Why do we believe that God (Who is the essence of perfect love) would be any different? He wants to bless His children! Another verse:
“He who did not withhold or spare [even] His own Son but gave Him up for us all, will He not also with Him freely and graciously give us all [other] things?” Rom 8:32
There are no exceptions if the word ‘all’ is used. You can’t say: “God will give me all things, except this or that”. All means ALL – no exceptions! We can really and truly expect the best gifts from God!
I’ve referred to it a few times, but today I want to dedicate an entire post to the goodness of God. Before I came into contact with the true God, I was overshadowed by the perception that He was a very angry God, waiting for any opportunity to chastise me. I had no joy, and I lived under constant condemnation. The moment I came to understand His character and His heart towards mankind, I was set free. There are numerous verses that speak of God’s goodness and character:
“And this is the message [the message of promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [ no, not in any way].” 1 John 1:5
“If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!” Matt 7:11
“He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus.” Eph 2:7
We are blessed to know and love a good God. He made it so easy to love Him, how can anyone resist?
“But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I am the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgement, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.” Jer 9:24