Monday, February 17, 2014

9 Character Traits of God Worth Remembering

On Sunday, we talked about James' statement that God is "compassionate" and "merciful". Of course, He is also much more than that! Check out these thoughts from a prayer in Nehemiah 9 which remind us of several more of God's character traits. While you patiently wait for God to act on your behalf, use these to remind yourself that He is indeed compassionate, merciful and much more!

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God is sovereign -- "You alone are the LORD"

God is faithful -- "You have kept your promise because you are righteous"

God is a savior -- "You divided the sea before them, so that they passed through it on dry ground, but you hurled their pursuers into the depths, like a stone into mighty waters."

God is a provider -- "In their hunger, you gave them bread from heaven, and in their thirst you brought them water from the rock"

God is forgiving -- "But they, our forefathers, became arrogant and stiff-necked, and did not obey your commands...But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love."

God is compassionate -- "Because of your great compassion, you did not abandon them in the desert."

God is generous -- "You made their sons as numerous as the stars in the sky, and you brought them into the land that you told their fathers to enter and possess."

God is long-suffering -- "But when they were oppressed they cried out to you. From heaven you heard them and in your great compassion you gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the hand of their enemies."

God is patient -- "And when they cried out to you again, you heard from heaven, and in your compassion you delivered them time after time."

God is merciful -- "in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God."

If you read Nehemiah 9, you can match up each of the above attributes with one paragraph of the recorded prayer.

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