“God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love.” – 1 John 4:8 MSG
Have you ever had a wrong impression of someone? A time when maybe you thought something about a person but then after you met them you realized they were not at all what you had expected? I have definitely had those experiences! Sometimes people can have the wrong idea about who you really are. Their impression of you could be based on what they have heard others say or on misinformation. In those instances, don’t you want people to know the truth about who you really are?
Similarly, there are many people today who have the wrong impression of God, where their view of Him has been based on what they have heard others say or on misinformation. I believe that His desire is that people discover the truth regarding who He really is. So, how can we find out what’s true about God in order to set the record straight? Jesus said in the Gospel of John that the Scriptures found in the Bible reveal truth unto us. In other words, they show us what’s actually real about God!
We see in the Bible that when a person believes in Jesus, their relationship with God changes forever. They become His child and become the recipient of His love, grace, mercy and goodness. Sadly, there are many who believe in Jesus but still see God the same way that they used to and, as a result of their wrong impressions, they are not enjoying the amazing new relationship they now have with their Heavenly Father. Let’s look together at the way God is described in the following verse.
“O God, God of Israel, there is no God like you in the skies above or on the earth below who unswervingly keeps covenant with his servants and relentlessly loves them as they sincerely live in obedience to your way. You kept your word to David my father, your personal word. You did exactly what you promised—every detail.” – 1 Kings 8:23-24 (MSG)
I want to encourage you to allow the Bible to completely redefine your view of who God is. Now, because of Jesus, He loves you faithfully and relentlessly and He has a good plan for your future. He has not forgotten about you! The truth is that His love is an unrelenting force that has been pursuing you. Let’s decide today to lay aside every wrong impression of God and to get to know Him in a deeper way… according to who He truly is — Love Himself, the God of all grace and the Father of mercies who is relentless in His love for us!