Umil, Charisse Len C.

2EPh March 15, 2017

Say Yes to the God of Love

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important
thing about us. The most portentous fact about any man [or woman] is not
what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart
conceives God to be like.”
A.W. Tozer
The Knowledge of the Holy

Our images of God does not equal as our ideas about God. Images are
not abstract ideas. They are pictures. That is, they are a powerful
combination of thoughts and feelings.
When we examine our private images of God and discover significant
distortions, we may feel horrified at the thought that we could harbor such
negative images of God. No one has lived a perfect life; somehow we may
have seen evil in the people around us. Many have parents or other family
members who are emotionally distant, unreliable, abusive, unrealistic in their
expectations; inattentive or abandoning. As a result, we may see the God in
a distorted way; others may even doubt his existence. Viewing God in
negative ways may seem unacceptable and frightening. These distortions
interfere with our ability reach out to him and trust him with our feelings. Our
distorted images of God keep us from fully experiencing his love.

Our private images of God may, unconsciously have an impact on our
behaviors and our spiritual well being. We have to pay attention to our
images of God since they may be related to our images of ourselves.
Fortunately, the Bible is rich in powerful and helpful imagery about God. God
is pictured in Scripture as King, Shepherd, Comforter, Counselor, Healer, and
Helper, to name a few.

Distorted images are wounds that need time and attention in order to
heal. Since these distortions are often rooted in our early life experiences, to
heal fully may take time. The only one who can heal us of our distortions is
God himself. God is with us as at all times. He is here to teach, comfort,
counsel, and heal. All we need is have faith and accept his love; that
whatever we go through will make sense. Sometimes we have to slow down
to notice and take in the gifts he sent us and say ‘Thank you.’