God is holy, loving , merciful, faithful, yet just and righteous. Many people today have a lopsided view of God. Some overemphasize His love and forget that He is just and holy at the same time. The love of God allows Him to forgive sin and show mercy to a repentant sinner. The holiness and justice of God demand that sin must be punished to the full extent. If God were a mere human being He would be completely frustrated with incompatible emotions and desires with the two sides in constant conflict. However God is not a man and these two opposing emotions work together in perfect harmony for the one becomes a balance for the other. To argue that hell is impossible, for a loving merciful God could not send a helpless human being there forever and ever, is an unbalanced view of God. To understand the horrors of hell and the blackout at Calvary meditate much on the holiness and severity of God’s wrath against sin.(1 Cor. 5:11). The holiness of God demands that we be holy. The law of God pronounces eternal damnation on the guilty sinner according to the justice of God. One of the greatest marvels of our age is that God found a way of salvation that satisfied both the holiness of god and the love of God. This solution also satisfied the law, yet left man a creature with a free will who could choose salvation of damnation, heaven or hell.

God is Holy

        We cannot imagine a God who could be anything but perfect holiness. To be holy means to be free from all sin, to be pure, God is absolutely pure!
Hab. 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?” God turned away from His own Son at Calvary.
Ex. 15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
1 Sam. 2:2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
Isa. 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
1 Pea. 1:15-16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
        The holiness of God separated Him from fallen man. Eph. 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” The only way that man can approach this holy God is through the blood of Christ. God is holy. God hates sin. His holy wrath must punish sin. This is the explanation of Isa. 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” When the Father forsook His Son on Calvary.

God is Love

1 John 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love”. This is not a verb saying that god loves but a noun for God is love.
        If God lives in my heart by conversion then I must love for I’m indwelt by LOVE. 1 John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” What is love? Love is a desire for and delight in the welfare fo the one on whom the love is given to. True love even loves sinners and enemies. Matt 5:44-45 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust”. God loved the world which caused Him to think of a plan of salvation to give men the opportunity to escape wrath and eternal damnation. God as a loving Father manifests His love to the Christian by chastening Heb. 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

God is Merciful

Psa. 103:8 “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.”
Deut. 4:31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
        Instead of inflicting pain and death as punishment for sin the Lord is merciful and gives us many blessings—health—comforts and earthly joys to saved and lost.
Matt. 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
        God is sovereign and can choose to whom He desires to show this mercy.(Rom. 5:15,18). The mercy of God can be shown to the multitudes, as we see in Ex. 20:6 “And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” How great is this mercy of God? Psa. 11,17-“For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children; “. When the repentant sinner comes to Jesus for forgiveness he claims not merit but throws himself upon the mercy of the Lord. Psa. 51:1 “To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.”

God is Just

        Our God is just and righteous and will mete out just judgment to each individual. God being just, righteous and holy must act in a manner that is just, fair and upright. God’s nature or character leads Him to do tht which is right at all times. God as the just One will be the final Judge or all things.
Deut. 32:4…a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
Psa. 19:9…ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
Isa. 45:21…and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me.
I Sam.2:3…the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
Gen. 18:25…Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?
1 Kings 8:23 And he said, LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants that walk before thee with all their heart:”



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