Here’s an important question for you, girls: How can we love someone if we don’t know much about them? The truth is, it’s hard to do!
Fortunately, the Bible mentions six important characteristics that describe God. We actually know quite a bit about Him from the Word! Let’s start with the word that best describes God’s character:
- Love. Love is the word that best defines God’s character and it’s what He most wants to see in us. God’s love is also the foundation for our love for others.
The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love (1 John 4:8).
And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’ (Matthew 22:37-39).
We love, because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).
- Holy. God is Holy. Holy means perfect in goodness and righteousness; morally and spiritually excellent. Sometimes it can be a little hard to remember that God is perfectly good, especially when we’re going through hard times–that’s why it’s important for us to know the characteristics of God. Our God is perfectly good.
But like the holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy (1 Peter 1:15-16).
- Righteous. Righteous is being free from guilt and sin. God is certainly righteous! Think about God’s holiness. God could not be perfectly good if He was full of guilt or sin.
Let my tongue sing of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteousness (Psalm 119:172).
For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; the upright will behold His face (Psalm 11:7).
- Omnipotent. This means “all-powerful;” it’s basically the same meaning as the word “almighty.” Almighty means having absolute power over all–all things, creatures, people, etc. God has power over everything.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1).
‘And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,’ Says the Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:18).
- Omniscient. Omniscient is “all-knowing.” Think about Jesus. Many times in the gospels, Jesus would surprise people by telling them what they were thinking, or answering questions they were thinking but hadn’t said out loud. God sees all of us and knows everything about us because He created everything, us included!
The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men; from His dwelling place He looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works (Psalm 33:13-15).
‘Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows’ (Luke 12:6-7).
- Omnipresent. Omnipresent means present everywhere at the same time. This can actually be the hardest thing for people to believe. We know that as humans we can’t be everywhere at one time, so it’s hard for us to understand that this is possible for God.
Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me (Psalm 139:7-10).
‘For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His’ (2 Chronicles 16:9a).
These are six ways that the Bible consistently describes God’s character. There are many more verses and more characteristics of God that I haven’t covered here. As you read your Bible, try to discover what the verses you read are telling you about the character of God.
Girls, what is your favorite aspect of God’s character?
He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord (Psalm 33:5).
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