Marcelo is the pastor of Iglesia Conexiones, and the author of Biblical Prayer for Today's Believers: Transform Your Prayer Life.
1. God Is Righteous
Read Psalm 11:7.
God is righteous. He always does what is right (Daniel 9:14), and He never does wrong (Zephaniah 3:5). He loves righteousness; He judges iniquity; He seeks the friendship of those who are righteous. Thus, God is righteous in what He does, and God is righteous in what He loves. God is perfectly righteous.
When God created the heavens and all who dwell in them, and when He created the Earth and all who dwell in it, He created everything and all according to His own righteous character, and He gave them instructions to keep them in His righteous ways.
He created them according to His own righteous character: He did not make reference to any other standard over Him because there is no standard over Him. Righteousness stems from the character of God.
- God always does what is right; He is perfectly righteous. Are you, or anyone you know, righteous as God is righteous?
- Society disagrees with many of God's standards revealed in the Bible. If society disagrees with God, who is wrong, the perfectly righteous God or society?
- Read Daniel 9:7. If God is righteous and we human beings are sinners, is it right for God to judge our sins? What are we supposed to do before God's judgment?
Forever Lord, you are righteous. You are perfectly righteous; you are infinitely righteous. All your ways are righteousness. But I am a sinner and a transgressor of your righteous Law. Transform my heart, change my mind, cause me to love righteousness so I can follow your ways; and teach me, Lord, your ways.
Thank-you for your Son, Jesus Christ, who has made atonement for all my sins, and all the sins of humankind; and who has revealed to us that you, oh righteous Lord, forgive. Amen.
2. God Is Holy
God is holy. He is separated from imperfections (Leviticus 22:19-25), uncleanness (Leviticus 7:21), and sin (Isaiah 6:5). When something imperfect, unclean, or sinful stands before Him, it is judged and destroyed (Leviticus 10:1-11), unless God graciously chooses to purify it (Isaiah 6:7).
- How do God’s holiness and humanity’s sinfulness conflict with each other?
- If God is holy, why are human beings (which He created) not holy?
- Can God extend grace and forgive the imperfections and sins of humanity? How is this consistent with His holiness?
Woe of me, for I am a sinner, I am imperfect, and I unclean; whereas you, o God, are holy, holy, holy. Forever, you are perfectly and infinitely holy.
I praise you for your holiness, for who you are: how wonderful and pure, how awesome and beautiful, how fearsome and worthy of my complete devotion.
I praise you also because you, King, Lord of Hosts, are gracious; and in your great graciousness, which is equally eternal, perfect, and infinite as your holiness, you can purify me as you deem necessary so I be not consumed by your presence.
I recognize that you have chosen to purify me through Jesus Christ, your Son. I thank-you for Him. Amen.
3. God Is Just
God is just; God is a just judge. He punishes wickedness and puts an end to it. He renders unto humankind according to their works: the wicked He destroys, and the righteous He spares.
God judged the world with a flood (Genesis 6:17), He judged cities with fire and brimstone (Genesis 19:24), He drove out wicked nations before His people (Deuteronomy 18:12), He judged His own people (2 Kings 21:12), and He will judge every soul who ever lived (Daniel 12:2-3, Isaiah 45:23).
Questions for Reflection
- Some people challenge the doctrine that God is just. What challenges do they present, and how would you respond to their challenges?
- In the past, God judged the world, Sodom, the Canaanites, and Israel. Do you think God continues to judge peoples and nations?
- There will come a time when God will judge every human soul who has ever lived and who will ever live. This includes you. How can you prepare for that time of judgement?
Lord God, I recognize that you are the judge of all the Earth, and I recognize that your judgement is just and severe. You seek to destroy all wickedness, and you will destroy all those who oppose you, the righteous God.
I tremble before you, and I tremble not only for myself but for my loved ones, my nation, and all humankind: for we are all sinners, we all fall short of your glorious righteousness.
Thank-you, Lord, for warning us all. Thank-you for giving us hope of salvation through Jesus Christ, whom I humbly receive in my heart. Amen.
4. God Is Merciful
God is merciful and gracious. Even though He punishes the wicked because God is holy and just, God would rather see all human beings repent so He would forgive them and grant them grace (1 Timothy 2:4).
In fact, God is so merciful, He has postponed judgement over all human beings so we all have time to repent (2 Peter 3:9). He has also undertaken the task of leading human beings unto repentence before the time of judgement is come (Romans 2:4).
God is merciful: He wants to forgive humanity (John 3:17).
Questions for Reflecion
- If God is merciful, why does He punish the wicked? Why does He require people to repent instead of forgiving them without requireing repentance?
- Does God's mercy contradict His righteousness, holiness, and justice?
- Do you need God's mercy and grace? Why do you need His mercy and grace?
- What is the difference between God's mercy and God's grace? How is God patient?
I thank you, Lord, for being patient and leading me to repentance. I thank you for being merciful to me and forgiving me my sins. I thank you for being gracious unto me and giving me salvation, even though I don't deserve it.
I acknowledge Lord that you are merciful, gracious, and patient. I rejoice in you for it! Amen.
5. God Is Love
The biblical statement God is love does not mean God is a feeling or a value. God is a person: a transcendent person, but nonetheless a person. What God is love means is that love is a dominant (if not the deminant) attribute of God.
People often have a difficult time believing that the God of the Bible is characterized by love. They resent that He has allowed suffering in the world and that He has dealt harshly with particular people groups (for example, the inhabitants of Sodom and Canaan).
We should consider, however, that God does not supsend his righteousness, holiness, and justice to bestow his love; in Him, love exists in harmony with these attributes. God is love; God is perfect love.
Questions for Reflection
- What is love? How do you define love? How do you demonstrate love?
- Can you be angry with someone and yet love that person? Is it ever right for you to stop loving someone?
- How do love and justice contradict each other? How do love and justice harmonize with each other?
- Why is it important for us to remember that God is love? Why would God want us to know that He is love?
I believe you are love, God. I believe that love, righteousness, holiness, and justice exist in harmony in your own being, and that you keep them in proper balance, for you are perfect. I accept who you are, and I praise you for who you are.
Thank-you, Lord God, for shedding your love over me when I turned to Jesus Christ, your Son, whom you gave to humanity for love, to save us all from our sins so we would know that you love us with a boundless love (John 3:16).
© 2020 Marcelo Carcach