God's Will and Characteristics

by Hermanus W. Smeenk

         If we are to make every effort to become of one mind with God, we must ask Him to mold our character so that we may become like Him. Then, when we continue to draw closer to God, He will reveal Himself to us.  We may also be able to obtain an understanding of His nature and character that He inspired the prophets to describe in the book that He has provided for us. That book, which we call the Bible, will enable us to come to know Him and to determine what manner of a God He is, how he thinks, and what He expects of us.  Let God, Himself, answer our questions and tell us what He is like as described in the pages of the Bible and the following quotations:

What Does God Expect of Us?

John 14:14-16 (English-KJV)

  1. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

  2. If ye love me, keep my commandments.

  3. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

God is Gracious and Full of Compassion.

Nehemiah 9:30-32 (English-KJV)

  1. Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands.

  2. Nevertheless for thy great mercies' sake thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.

  3. Now therefore, our God, the Great, the Mighty, and the Terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem little before thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day.

Psalm 86:13-16 (English-KJV)

  1. For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

  2. O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.

  3. But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

  4. O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.

Psalm 103:7-9 (English-KJV)

  1. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

  2. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

  3. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.

Psalm 116:3-6 (English-KJV)

  1. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

  2. Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

  3. Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

  4. The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.

Joel 2:12-14 (English-KJV)

  1. Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

  2. And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

  3. Who knoweth if He will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the Lord your God?

God is Merciful;

2 Chronicles 30:8-9 (English-KJV)

  1. Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the Lord,and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the Lord your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you.

  2. For if ye turn again unto the Lord, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the Lord your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.

Psalm 116:4-6 (English-KJV)

  1. Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

  2. Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.

  3. The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.

Psalm 117:1-2 (English-KJV)

  1. O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

  2. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.

God is Longsuffering;

Exodus 34:5-7 (English-KJV)

  1. And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord.

  2. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God,merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,

  3. Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

God Exhibits Goodness and Forbearance;

Romans 2:3-5 (English-KJV)

  1. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

  2. Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

  3. But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

God is forgiving;

Ephesians 4:31-32 (English-KJV)

  1. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

  2. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

God Shows Us His Loving Kindness

Psalms 17:6-7 (English-KJV)

  1. I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.

  2. Shew thy marvellous loving kindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.

Psalm 36:6-7 (English-KJV)

  1. Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.

  2. How excellent is thy loving kindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.

God Loves Us;

John 3:15-17 (English-KJV)

  1. That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

  2. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

  3. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

God Cannot Lie;

Hebrews 6:17-19 (English-KJV)

  1. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

  2. That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

  3. Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

God is a Giver;

Romans 1:1-5 (English-KJV)

  1. Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

  2. (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)

  3. Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

  4. And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

  5. By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

Romans 5:14-18 (English-KJV)

  1. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

  2. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.

  3. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.

  4. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

  5. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

Acts 2:37-39 (English-KJV)

  1. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

  2. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

  3. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

Romans 6:22-23 (English-KJV)

  1. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

  2. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

2 Corinthians 1:10-11 (English-KJV)

  1. Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

  2. Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

2 Corinthians 8:3-5 (English-KJV)

  1. For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;

  2. Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.

  3. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.

Ephesians 2:7-9 (English-KJV)

  1. That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

  2. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

  3. Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Ephesians 3:6-8 (English-KJV)

  1. That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

  2. Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

  3. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

James 1:16-18 (English-KJV)

  1. Do not err, my beloved brethren.

  2. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

  3. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

2 Timothy 1:5-7 (English-KJV)

  1. When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

  2. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

  3. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

God is Perfect;

Matthew 5:47-48 (English-KJV)

  1. And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

  2. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Hebrews 5:7-9 (English-KJV)

  1. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

  2. Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

  3. And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

What God Hates;

Deuteronomy 12:30-32 (English-KJV)

  1. Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.

  2. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

  3. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Deuteronomy 16:21-22 (English-KJV)

  1. Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the Lord thy God, which thou shalt make thee.

  2. Neither shalt thou set thee up any image; which the Lord thy God hates.

Psalm 11:4-6 (English-KJV)

  1. The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

  2. The Lord tries the righteous: but the wicked and him that loves violence his soul hates.

  3. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.

Isaiah 1:13-15 (English-KJV)

  1. Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.

  2. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

  3. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

The Love of God;

Romans 5:4-6 (English-KJV)

  1. And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

  2. And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit which is given unto us.

  3. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 8:38-39 (English-KJV)

  1. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

  2. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 John 3:16 (English-KJV)

  1. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

1 John 4:7-10 (English-KJV)

  1. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

  2. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

  3. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

  4. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

1 John 5:2-4 (English-KJV)

  1. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

  2. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

  3. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Continue on to the next chapter, "Why We Obey God's Commandments" to learn why Christians should obey God's Commandments.

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