Understanding His Methods and Motives
The following statement is the first principle the Lord gave to me as He began teaching me about how to live trouble free: "All Scripture must be interpreted in the absolute knowledge of this truth—that God is love." If we do not understand that God is absolutely and only love, we will misunderstand His Word. This can cause us to think wrong thoughts about the nature of God; therefore, not understanding His methods and motives. Understanding God´s nature is absolutely necessary in order for us to properly interpret His Word and His plan for our lives.
All scripture must be interpreted in the absolute knowledge of this truth—that God is love. There is no deviation from this statement; it is absolute truth. I have heard people say, "Well, truth is different things to different people." NO! God is truth and He does not change based on popular opinion or doctrine. His nature is not defined by what we believe about Him or our life experiences.Matthew 22:37-38
Love is the first thing we need to know about God. It is the foundation, the first of who and what God is and it is the basis of everything He created. Love is who He is and how He operates. It is what moves Him to do the lovely things He does. It is the force that emanates from His presence and it is His Glory! He expects us to be motivated and moved by love in the exact, same way that He is.1 John 4:7-8 & 19
John is saying that love is the first of everything there is to know about God. God is love from the first (Alpha) to the last (Omega). Love is the primary and only motive upon which He completes or accomplishes anything. John says that you cannot know God if you do not know love. He is saying that, knowing God means that you know He is love. So never accuse God of doing things that are not in His character. If we think that God is out there doing unlovely things then we really do not know Him.James 1:16-17
Notice that James endeavors to convince people, through this Scripture, that God´s nature is good. He says do not be misled, God is good! Obviously, there was wrong thinking about God´s nature, and James was finding it necessary to correct that thinking. Just as it applied to them, it applies to us. We cannot allow ourselves to think that way.
God is love! He is everything that is good and perfect, and everything He wants for us, is good and perfect. "...He who started a good work in you is faithful to complete it..." (Phil. 1:5) He started a good work in you because He is good.John 10:10-11
Jesus made a special point in the scripture to tell us that God is good and the devil is bad. It is incorrect to think that God would use the enemy, or his methods, in any way or for any purpose. Anything that falls under the category of stealing, killing and destroying does not come from God. The Father never needs nor requires any participation from the evil one to accomplish anything. Again, we see there was wrong thinking about the goodness of God. Jesus made this characteristic of the Father perfectly clear. Since we know that He only said what His Father told Him to say, then we also know that it was the Father´s will for Jesus to make a distinction about the operation of good and evil and the differences between the two.Ephesians 3:20
We should always believe the best of God! He is the ONE we can believe the best of and the ONE we can always trust. God is better than we think He is! No matter how good we think God is, He is better. We can never get to the end of God´s goodness because there is no end to God. Since He is good, there is no end to His goodness.1 John 5:3
God does not want your life to be hard. Everything God desires to do for you is out of a motivation of love. Many people believe that God is doing bad things to "somehow" accomplish a greater purpose in us. We have to get that LIE out of our thinking. I have heard many people attribute evil actions to God. When a natural disaster happens people call it "an act of God." This is wrong, and it is time for people to stop giving credit to these deceptive notions. If the children of God do not know that He is good, how will the world know that He is good? When Christians know the true nature of God, we can be a reflection of that nature to the world.
The Lord shared this with me one night during prayer. He said, "Lori, My children think that I am mean. If My children think that I am mean, then the world will think that I am mean." That insight brought me to tears! This is something we hear all the time—that God will allow or do something bad to teach people, to bring them up to a higher place or to produce a greater good in them. I told the Lord that I did not want people to believe that lie about Him. He told me, "That is why I am sending you to teach people that I am good and that I love them."
There are many different ideas about what love is, and every person you ask might give you a different answer. God is love; He is the place love comes from and the only place for us to get the true definition of love. As we read the following Scripture, it is important to understand that when we see the word love, we can interchange that word with God. This is also a description of the nature of God. What He does, what He never does and how He operates. This is absolute proof of what we can expect from God.1 Co. 13:4-7
This is a beautifully detailed description of love. Not only do we see what love is, but we also see what love is not. Sometimes understanding what something is not, helps us to define what it is. When reading this verse, we can accurately understand the nature of love/God. What love does, how it operates and what motivates it. We have seen absolute truths that define love/God. It is forever patient, kind and enduring. In its eternal state, love is never selfish, resentful, prideful, touchy, afraid or rude. It never pays any attention to a suffered wrong and does not keep a record of it. Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Nothing can weaken or diminish the power of love and no weapon formed against it can prosper.
Living in obedience to these principals of love will set you free from all trouble. They exude forgiveness, mercy, patience, peace, goodness, kindness and selflessness. There are such great rewards when you live the life of love.
Understanding the true nature of God helps us to operate skillfully in our covenant with the Father. It enables us to see a deeper, more intimate and personal view of who God is, as well as, a more accurate depth of the love He has for us. It is the Father´s great desire to demonstrate His love toward us and toward the world in order to manifest His goodness. It must be our greatest quest to live out this same love in our everyday lives, in an effort to draw a clear and accurate representation of the Father´s love to the world.