All Things New…

February 6

The new you… escaping false views of God

“(I AM) The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness…” (Exodus 34:6)

As we mentioned, yesterday, one of the first things that needs to change, in our thinking, is how we view God. I thought it might be beneficial to look at some of these false views of God; how they effect us; and why (and how) we need to correct our thinking…

First, I will point out that there are a wide range of perceptions of the Creator-King. The most interesting thing is the fact that each of these perceptions carries a measure of truth. There is an aspect of God’s character and nature in each of these views. But as in all things, when we lose sight of all the other views, focusing only on our limited perception, everything gets out of balance – and we lose a true view of God…

judgeThe Strict Disciplinarian. People ingrained with this view, see God as a strict disciplinarian, they will perceive that God is only concerned with his rules and regulations. All that matters to him, in this view, is that they do what is right – and if they do not do what is right, they will pay for their mistakes, dearly. This kind of god is very cold and detached, until something is done to offend him, and then he is abrupt and fiery – as his anger breaks out towards anyone who disregards or disobeys his rules.

If this is our view of God, two reactions are most prominent…

1) We avoid this kind of god. We will want to keep our distance from him. We will always be “walking on eggshells” around him – we will find our thoughts consumed with how to avoid his quick and unrelenting punishment. What is more, we will have no room in our thoughts for a God of mercy, tenderness, or compassion – he will always be a god of law and punishment – best placated… or avoided altogether.

Or worse yet…

legalism2) We embrace this kind of god. We will tend to reflect our god with every person we encounter. We will be just like the Pharisees of old – legalistic to the max. Consumed with, not only our strict observance of God’s rules, but also making certain to force our rules on everybody else. We will also be “letter of the law” people – with no room for the kindness and mercy that we so desperately need. We will be preoccupied with “obedience” in the Scriptures – and latch on to verses like Romans 2:13: For it is not the hearers of the Law who are righteous before God, but it is the doers of the Law who will be declared righteous.” Miserable to the core – we will tend to make certain that everyone else shares in our misery – and call it “holiness.”

The truth is that God IS holy. And He calls His people to be holy: But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16 BSB) But God’s holiness is not centered in His anger – it is centered in His love. Holiness is not measured by how well we keep God’s rules – it is measured by how well we show His love.

If you were raised in a legalistic home, or church, you were pretty deeply influenced by The Strict Disciplinarian god view. In the end, you ran from “rules” – or you became a “rules” person (or both!). ball-and-chainYour view of God became very unpleasant — both for yourself… and for others around you…

But, there is tremendous hope! The new you has been delivered from that legal bondage. The new you has encountered God’s love – and that real encounter has given you the new view you need to be a vessel of immense grace and compassion.

Prayer focus: God help me to see You as you really are – gracious and compassionate towards me. And to have mercy and compassion on those who see you as strict and angry.

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About theheartseeker

I have spent years studying the Scriptures and seeking for God's answer to the question: What IS true Christianity? Let me share some answers with you...
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