Saturday, July 5, 2008

negativity

I wonder if part of my negativity is because I have believed that God's holiness and righteousness is a negative, harsh, judgemental thing.

And while His holiness is uncompromising --he doesn't wink at sin. Yet it is also very much about His character of love. The fruit of His spirit is love, joy, peace, patience.... He is a merciful, faithful, good, kind God and he wants me to mirror that in my thoughts and actions. He has also told us we are not to be the judge-- He will be the judge in the end. And it will be according to His character--not mine.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8

1 comment:

Sharon C said...

This reminds me so much of that book that I borrowed from you(!) the one by Mike Bickle called After God's Own Heart. I loved the chapter called "Is God Mad, Sad, or Glad?" It says just what you said here...that what we see as God's nature is what gets reflected in us--II Corinthians 3:18. He calls it "beholding and becoming." I loved that idea and I even did a Bible study paper for my church on the topic. Maybe I'll send it to you. :-). Blessings, Sharon