1 John 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
We read about people doing things that are dreadful, killing their children and leading people to commit suicide, saying God told them to. We know that was not God. It is written in 1 John 4:8 that God is Love. We read in the Old Testament where God spoke to prophets and leaders and kings, giving them plans for victory when Joshua took Moses' place (after Moses died), and led the Israelites through victories and destroyed entire cities full of people and animals, because they worshipped other gods. Yes, that was our God who guided Joshua and Moses. Yes, He did tell them to do those things, so His people could live peacefully, worshipping Him only.
But God doesn't tell us to harm people. If God is Love, then God is all those things that love is, and what is love?
Paul gave us a very good description of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 where he said used the word charity instead of love, but meaning love:
“4Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
So, if God is all that, then He would not tell us to harm anyone. He would guide us in our hearts to do all those things above, and we would be walking in love if we could.
May I share a few characteristics of my God? I call Him my God because I claim Him. If you claim Him, you can call Him your God, too!
First of all, He’s alive! He lives and His Word is alive, also! He is not a picture on a wall or statue that doesn't speak.
John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
John 1 “1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2The same was in the beginning with God.
3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”
Jesus has always existed. He didn’t just get born when He was born of Mary. He created the universe. And even though God’s plan was for Him to die His plan was also that He would arise, which He did, and He lives today!
In John 20:26-31 it is written “26And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
27Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.
29Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
30And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
31But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”