Sermon quotes on God’s character
Augustine of Hippo
God is always trying to give good things to us, but our hands are too full to receive them.
God never coerces anyone. He treats human beings, not as blocks of wood, but as intelligent and moral beings.
Reformed Dogmatics, vol. 1, Prolegomena, ttaas. John Vriend, 2003), p.432.
Nothing is too big for Him to handle, and nothing is too small to escape His attention.
God exists (Ps. 19:1; Rom. 1:19). 2. God is uncreated (Acts 17:24). 3. God is Creator (Acts 14:15). 4. God is Sustainer (Acts 14:16; 17:25). 5. God is universal Lord (Acts 17:24). 6. God is self-sufficient (Acts 17:25). 7. God is transcendent (Acts 17:24). 8. God is immanent (Acts 17:26-27). 9. God is eternal (Ps. 93:2). 10. God is great (Ps. 8:3-4). 11. God is majestic (Ps. 29:4). 12. God is powerful (Ps. 29:4; Rom. 1:20). 13. God is wise (Ps. 104:24). 14. God is good (Acts 14:17). 15. God is righteous (Rom. 1:32). 16. God has a sovereign will (Acts 17:26). 17. God has standards of right and wrong (Rom. 2:15). 18. God should be worshiped (Acts 14:15; 17:23). 19. Man should perform the good (Rom. 2:15). 20. God will judge evil (Rom. 2:15-16).
God is light and yet unlike any light that we know.
Against Heresies 2.13.4
God walks “slowly” because he is love. If he is not love he would have gone much faster. Love has its speed. It is an inner speed. It is a spiritual speed. It is a different kind of speed from the technological speed to which we are accustomed. It is “slow” yet it is lord over all other speeds since it is the speed of love.
Three Mile an Hour God, Orbis, 1980, p.7.
Helen Grace Lescheid
Our circumstances are not an accurate reflection of God’s goodness. Whether life is good or bad, God’s goodness, rooted in His character, is the same.
God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that he may love and perfect them.
There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.
Jen Pollock Michel
God is the I AM that I AM not the I AM that we wish.
God does lead his people on roundabout ways. He does not move hastily. He is never in a hurry. It is one of his most irritating qualities.
Nothing that is God’s is obtainable by money.
University of Miami Study
Among HIV patients better immune functioning is found among those who have an image of God that is more compassionate and loving than those who have images of God as more judgmental and punitive…Changes in God image changes t-cells in randomized trials.
God’s goodness is a light that radiates through all his other attributes. It is the reason his omnipotence (possession of all power), omniscience (possession of all knowledge), and sovereignty (possession of all control) are a comfort instead of a terror.
A joyous God fills the universe. Joy is the ultimate word describing God and his world. Creation was an act of joy, of delight in the goodness of what was done. It is precisely because God is like this, and because we can know that he is like this: that a life of full contentment is possible.
Wrong ideas about God make it impossible for us to function in relationship with one another.