The English language was created to help us communicate efficiently with the people around us. Which, is certainly amazing if you ask me. What intrigues me most about our language is the fact that we can use adjectives to be even more descriptive with our words. They help us understand what a word is made of by describing it. You get the point, right? Adjectives serve the same purpose when they describe the nature and character of God.
(Disclaimer: There are MANY more adjectives that can be used to describe God, but if I wrote about all of them we would be here all day!) Now let’s look at three examples:
We know that all of these adjectives describe God, but exactly what do they say about His character? Let’s find out! (Note: I looked each of these up using the Dictionary/Concordance in my Bible.)
Peace: “A state of tranquility or quiet; a pact or agreement between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity; harmony in personal relations, especially with God; a state of security or order within a community; freedom from disquieting thoughts or emotions.” I know that was a lengthy definition, but I love how clearly it’s worded. The part of the definition that resonates with me the most is where it speaks of being in harmony, especially with God. If you’re in harmony with Him then your heart is most likely where it needs to be. If not, that should be your first clue to examine the condition of your spirit.
“Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.” Psalm 37:37
For starters, I really feel like we need to establish a decent definition of true hope. That word gets thrown around so much in our culture today but what does it really mean? Hope: “Confident trust with the expectation of fulfillment.” Wow. It astounds me every time I read it. I want that hope in my life because it’s eternal and I know that God always keeps His promises to us. He is the reason we can have hope and I will be forever grateful for the hope I have in Him alone.
“Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” Romans 12:12
“The emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune.” I agree with this definition as it refers to the well-being of a person because that only comes from Christ. However, I also believe joy can be found in the darkest situations of our lives as well. We can look back on the dark times and remember to live a Romans 5:3-5 life-one of suffering, perseverance, character and hope. Personal confession: If I’m being honest with you right now, I never would’ve thought that I would be the person writing these precious words about the Attributes of God. I spent many years not living the Romans 5 kind of life. I thank God daily for changing my perspective and for making me more like Him. That’s why I’m so passionate about sharing peace, hope and joy with those around me.
“And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” Nehemiah 8:10
Since God lives in us through the Holy Spirit, his attributes become ours in the sense that we’re made in His image. (Genesis 1:27) When I look at my life through the lens of living in peace with Christ it changes things for me. Peace, Hope and Joy become even more alive to me and life itself is so much greater than anything I could ever imagine.
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