How we relate to people shows what we think of God

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If we think God is a harsh judge, requiring service and duty and rule keeping, a wrathful fear-inducing punisher, relationally cold or distant, these traits will show up in the way we relate to people. If we are critical of people, always suspicious, judging and measuring behavior, we ourselves don’t know God because these are the traits of a tyrannical ruler, not God.

God is our loving Father. He is joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, and gentle. God is lavishly generous, compassionate, willingly self-sacrificial, forgiving, and unceasingly graceful. God welcomes everyone, and shows extreme honor to us by making our heart His home–the God of heaven honors us by making our heart His home. He desperately desires relationship with us. If we are people walking in ever-growing intimacy with Him, we will be growing more like Him. Intimacy with God produces in us more of His nature and character, and this will be seen daily in the way we relate to people–all people, everywhere…