Attributes of God that He Shares – Part 2

Freedom is an attribute of God that He wants us to have as well.  When we think of freedom, we often think of it as being able to do what we want to do.  Freedom as God sees it is better defined as being independent of His creatures.  He doesn’t need us to accomplish His plan; He is gracious to allow us to serve Him.

Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord,
Or as His counselor has informed Him?
With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding?
And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge
And informed Him of the way of understanding?
Isaiah 40:13-14

How does He want freedom to be seen in us?  I think that would be seen in being independent of His creatures and dependent on Him.  We are studying Romans in school, and chapter 15 verses 17 and 18 caught my attention:  Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.  For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.   Slavery is in our “own appetites,”  our desires; but freedom is in God.  Proverbs 3:5-6 is probably the best help in exhibiting freedom.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Holiness is God’s perfection, His flawlessness.  It is an attribute that encompasses all that God is.  It was the small bit of God’s holiness that Moses saw that caused his face to shine (Exodus 34:29-35).  That incident gives us a picture of the purity of God’s holiness; only something very pure could be so bright.

And one called out to another and said,
“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,

The whole earth is full of His glory.”
Isaiah 6:3

We are commanded to be holy like God is holy.  This is impossible since we are sinful and flawed.  If we keep a close relationship with God, confess our sins and repent, our lives will be more holy.

If we say that we have no sin,
we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say that we have not sinned,
we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
1 John 1:8-10

 As obedient children, do not be conformed
to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,

but like the Holy One who called you,
be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;
because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
1 Peter 1:14-16

The last attribute is righteousness.  God is righteous because He is always right.

The Lord is righteous in all His ways
And kind in all His deeds.
Psalm 145:17

To be righteous, we need to know what is right according to the Bible.  Since the Bible is God’s Word, it will help us to know God and His righteousness.

To do righteousness and justice
Is desired by the Lord more than sacrifice.
Proverbs 21:3

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