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Bas Rijksen

Have you ever thought that sinning triggers God’s anger? Like many, I once feared that every misstep might ignite His fury. The image of a wrathful deity ready to punish us at every turn is common, but is it accurate?

One tearful night, as I lay in bed with calming music playing, I had a revelation that would change my understanding forever. In that moment of vulnerability, I stepped into the realm of God’s infinite love and presence. It was then that I realized—God is not angry.

This realization was a turning point for me. It allowed me to start seeing myself and others through the lens of unconditional love. After all, as stated in 1 John 4, “God is love.” This understanding is crucial, for it shifts how we perceive everything and everyone around us.

The Divine Dance of Joy

Imagine the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in their eternal dance—a relationship filled with joy, laughter, delight, and pleasure. In this dance, they embody unconditional love, unfailing light, and eternal life. Understanding this helps us to see that at the core, God and the Holy Spirit are this unconditional love.

Three Profound Truths About God’s Nature

Here are three profound truths that will help shift your view from seeing God as a vengeful judge to recognizing Him as a loving father:

  1. God’s White-Hot Love, Not Wrathful Anger: God has never felt anger in the way we experience it. His “wrath” is actually the intensity of His burning, white-hot love committed to restoring our brokenness rather than inflicting punishment.
  2. Seeing Through the Lens of Unconditional Love: We need to start seeing wrath, anger, or any intense expressions described in the Bible through the lens of unconditional love. This perspective is essential as it allows us to interpret His holiness, righteousness, and justice through the foundational aspect of love.
  3. His Response is Restoration, Not Retribution: When facing our shortcomings, God doesn’t stand with a ledger of wrath. Instead, He extends hands of healing, beckoning us back to wholeness with enduring love.

The Healing Power of God’s Love

What happens inside us when we face pain or dark thoughts? From the inside out, God is revealing the truth, shedding light on the darkened areas of our lives. His wrath, synonymous with His love, is actively destroying everything that isn’t aligned with love, thereby revealing more of His character.

Embracing the Unconditional Love of God

As we delve deeper into understanding God’s nature, it’s crucial to embrace and revel in the truth that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are embodiments of unconditional love. This understanding should be the lens through which we interpret all aspects of His character.

To explore more about these liberating truths, visit Grace Gaze Academy. These teachings are available for free, aiming to provide life-changing resources that help you experience the deep joy and delight of divine love.

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