A book has a beginning and an end. Without both, it would be incomplete.
A coin has a front and a back. Without both, it would be valueless.
A house has an inside and an outside. Without both, it couldn’t exist.
A staircase has a top and a bottom. Without both, it would be useless.
A toothbrush is a hard and a soft part. Without both, it wouldn’t be a toothbrush.
Many things have two sides, both equally important.
So does our God Most High.
He is loving, kind, long-suffering, patient, faithful, merciful, and forgiving.
He is also just, jealous, holy, righteous, wrathful, and a consuming fire.
He is God.
He is not a god.
He is the LORD God Most High.
We did not create God.
His character is not open for debate.
Liking or not liking His traits does not negate them.
Understanding or not understanding Him does not change Him.
He is who He is.
He is God.
Focusing on only one side leaves you shortsighted.
Those who focus on the ‘God is love’ side tend to become presumptuous and complacent, accepting everything, even sin.
Those who focus on the wrathful God tend to become fearful and legalistic, rejecting anything outside their view.
To know God you have to know both sides.
We either accept Him as He is, or we need to find a god more to our liking. Even if that god is us.
The truth is…
God Most High is both loving and jealous.
God Most High is both merciful and wrathful.
God Most High is both forgiving and holy.
God Most High is both faithful and vengeful.
The side you see depends on where you stand.
Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
Psalm 83:18 That they may know that you alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth.
Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.
Exodus 34:6-7 The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and fourth generation.”
2 Chronicles 34:21 “Go, inquire of the LORD for me and for those who are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that has been found. For great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the LOR, to do according to all that is written in this book.”
Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
1 Peter 1:15-16 But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all you conduct, since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
Psalm 11:7 For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold his face.
Psalm 86:5 For you, O LORD, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
1 Cor 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us for all unrighteousness.