There is a common misconception about God. We constantly hear from people of various religions who say that God is an angry God, filled with rage and threatening to pour His wrath onto the world unless we follow a whole bunch of laws, and even then it will take quite some time for God to no longer be mad at us.
However, God is not angry. He is not filled with rage. While there are quite a few instances in the Bible that show God’s wrath, there are plenty of instances that show God’s love.
In John 13:34, Jesus says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Jesus was, and still is, filled with love for His disciples.
John 3:16 reads, “For God so LOVED the world, that He gave His only begotten Son…” (emphasis mine). He loved the world. In fact, He loved the world so much that He willingly sent His only Son, Jesus, into this world, our world. The Bible goes on to tell the story of a loving Son, Jesus, who willingly gave up His life to be murdered at the hands of the same people He loved for 33 years.
I don’t know about you, my readers, but I don’t think an angry God would willingly give up His one and only Son in order to save us from punishment.
He has commandments that He wants us to follow, but Jesus summed up all the commandments in two very simple commands: “You shall LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind…You shallLOVE your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole Law…” (Matthew 22:37-40; emphasis mine).
This is only a brief glimpse of the love of God, and you can do some research on your own, but you can see that our God is not an angry God. He is a loving God, filled with compassion. He is waiting for you to love Him in return, because that is all He asks for. Like a parent who loves a child, all He asks is that you obey Him. That is how you show your love for Him: by obeying Him and following Him.
“We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.”