Apha & Omega, creator, omniscient, omnipresent, the great I AM, Jehova, Father, Abba, and the like can be used to label God. The label we use does not affect our spiritual condition as much as how well we align our inward parts with God's character. That said, we are going to define God with character traits that can help guide our mind, heart, and soul to be more like God.
James 2:19 - 22 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?
Matthew 5:48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Luke 6:40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
To grow with God, we grow with love. We seek how to feel, think, and act with love toward all including ourselves. We keep in mind God's love is sincere, truthful, and impartial/justice.
Worship originally meant bowing down to God. We can humbly give attention to spiritual truth in worship. Our attitude in worship is to position ourselves correctly within our minds and hearts. We can learn spiritual truth and live by it more and more.
John 3:21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
We can act truthfully, move into the light, that our deeds can be seen clearly, and done in God.
Growing with God means we will increase our truth and justice. We will have much to correct within ourselves.
Romans 2:11 For there is no partiality with God.
Being impartial and reducing our personal preferences and bias requires self-examination and identification of our thinking errors. We can seek objectivity and identify our preferences, entitlements, expectations, demands, and desires that may conflict with God's ways. Then we can seek within our minds a new way of thinking that better aligns with God.
John 7:24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
We can study righteousness and act toward peace. We can seek the Holy Spirit. We can experience joy in the Holy Spirit as we align our inward parts more with God's righteousness. We can be more peaceful.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
We can grow in compassion and mercy. We can learn through experience compassion and affection. Our hearts, minds, and actions can grow compassion. We can become blessed in what we do.
Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
Matthew 6:14 - 15 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
We can forgive. The goal is peace and love. We can seek within us where forgiveness is needed.
Resentment, anger, and discord within our minds and hearts can conflict and interfere with our goal. To be free of anger and resentment will require the practice of forgiveness.
The Bible describes God using the terms below. One way to understand how the Bible defines, "compassion" for example, is to read all the verses with compassion and learn the patterns. Through a variety of contexts we can better discern God's compassion and how we might better participate in it. Compassion, like other Godly traits, is intangible and best learned through experience.
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