Emotions of God
For the most part you will hear from Christians that God is Love and that pretty much is the portrait that they portray of God. Is it wrong to see God as a God of Love? No, but we shouldn’t think that that is all the emotions that God has nor should Love be the only one ever really talked about in Churches. God does show us a lot of Love, but He shows us so much more. We were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) as the scriptures show, so would it not make sense that if we have all these emotions, that the one who created us would have them as well, since we are created in His image? Why then do we only hear of just one of them for the most part? And their lies an injustice that has over time made God out to be a sap that people can walk all over because there is no more fear since we don’t have to worry about anything for God is LOVE and will let anything slip by that we do that is sinful.
I think that because God has been portrayed as all Love, people have lost respect and fear of Him, since if He is Love there is no danger of receiving some form of punishment from Him. From there we can see a lot of issues that have arose from this over time, such as changing of the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday or forsaking His Holy Days and replacing them with worldly Holidays. A couple more issues that have arose from it is a thinking that all we have to ask for is forgiveness and that we do not have to repent from our sinful ways ignoring Jesus’ saying when dealing with people that had sinned such as in Luke 13:1-5. Also something else that has come from this portrait that has a very poisonous and deadly effect is that because of the lack of fear of the LORD the Churches have suffered greatly from a total lack of wisdom and knowledge that is imparted to those that truly fear the LORD (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10). Fear of the LORD does so much more and protects us as well as you can see in Proverbs 8:13, it keeps us from the ways of evil and in Proverbs 14:27 we is that it provides us with life. A good healthy respectful fear of the LORD is what everyone needs to have in their life or they will find themselves spiritually incompetent and on the path of evil.
Not sure about everyone else, but I do fear the LORD and I know that the God that I serve is not just a God of Love, but is so much more than that. I do not serve a boring sap of a God; I serve one that is a LIVING God who can understand my emotions and can communicate with me and at times I can feel His anguish towards the world and when you look out upon the world you can see why. Any one that says that they believe in God and works on a relationship with Him they know that He is so much more then Love. He is intertwined with our inner being, He is deserving of our Awe and Respect. If you want to know what kind of God we serve, then you need to go to His word and see how He is and I am speaking of the Good Ole Old Testament.
Numbers 14:18-19 – He shows mercy when mercy is called for. His throne is called the mercy seat.
Exodus 34:14; Deuteronomy 4:24 – He is a jealous when we place other god’s before Him for He is to be our only God.
Deuteronomy 6:15-17; 9:18-19 – He will become angry if we continue to do wickedly (sinfully) before Him and our hearts are not repentant. We need to keep ALL of His commandments and statutes.
Proverbs 6:16; Jeremiah 44:3-4 – We need to learn and avoid doing things that the LORD hates and the things that He hates we should hate as well.
Nehemiah 8:10 – God is joyful when we are serving Him joyfully and not looking upon His Laws as a burden that you do what you can to avoid it.
For myself the attribute that I love about the LORD is that He is a Just God and that no matter what we face or that happens upon the world we live in at the end all things will be made right and all good and bad will receive their due as its stated. Some may not see Justice as an emotion, but I do for it is what lies between Love and Hate. It is the balancing point between these two strong emotions. We may all have our favored side of God, but let us all remember that He does have them all and our own actions can bring out different ones from Him. As we are children of God we need to Love, Fear and Respect as our Heavenly Father.