Attributes of God that He Shares – Part 1

Sorry for the absence.  I have had busy days preparing for a new term, the end of this school year, and the beginning of the next school year.   That’s a lot of planning and preparing.

I would like to share some thought about the attributes of God that are communicable, which means that He communicates them to people or asks us to show them in our lives.The first one is justice.  God has moral equity, which means that He is impartial in all of His dealings.  One example of His justice is seen in His forgiveness.  He forgives all who confess their sin, no matter what their sin, and He forgets it.  On the other hand, if we are not willing to confess our sin, He is just to punish us for it.  We cannot buy our way out of it.

“The Rock! His work is perfect,
For all His ways are just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He.
Deuteronomy 32:4

He desires for us to be as just as He is.  These guidelines that He gave the children of Israel represent His view on justice.

You shall not distort justice;
you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe,
for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.

Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue,
that you may live and possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

Deuteronomy 16:19-20

Love is the second attribute of God that He asks us to demonstrate in our lives.  Ephesians 2:4-7 reminds us of the best demonstration of God’s love.

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
  even when we were dead in our transgressions,
made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
and raised us up with Him,
and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
so that in the ages to come He might show
the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

God asks us to show great love to others.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God;
and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. . . .

We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love,
and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
1 John 4:7-8, 16

To help us further in making love seen in our lives, God has Paul write 1 Corinthians 13.  Look there for more help in being loving.The third attribute is truth.  Truth is the opposite of lies.  God cannot lie, He cannot tell a half-truth, He cannot even sort of be deceitful.

But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness and truth.
Psalm 86:15

God wants us to be as truthful as He is.  Being truthful is a difficult thing for us.  Our sinful natures cause us to resemble the devil, the father of lies.  We struggle with honesty in many ways.  The Apostle Paul gives us a picture that should help us to see that demonstrating God’s attribute of truth requires us to make a complete change of thinking.

in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God
has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Ephesians 4:22-24

We will not know what truth is unless we read the Bible.  Godly people who direct our attention to God’s Word can be helpful, but we need to read the Bible ourselves to really understand.  Something I noticed while I was looking for verses was that “lovingkindness and truth” were together.  I am not sure why those attributes of God were often linked together.  One reason might be that truth can be harsh, but lovingkindness will help us in the presentation truth.

  I will bow down toward Your holy temple
And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.
Psalm 138:2

Do not let kindness and truth leave you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart.
So you will find favor and good repute

In the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 3:2-3

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