I have taken a while to put together the final post in this series because writing about the character of God is a daunting, profound thing.
As this post begins, let’s remember a few things. First, the Bible is our source of reference and authority. Second, we all deserve death, and anything good we have is a gift from God. Third, the word “our” in the title of this post refers specifically to the suffering of Christians that is not brought about directly because of our own sin.
The scriptures tell us that God has many wonderful attributes. These include His holiness (Exodus 20,
We also know from the Bible that God is the giver of good gifts.
How can this be? What good does suffering bring? Paul spells this out for us in
Our holy, loving Father God grants us suffering as a gift in order to lead us to a hope that does not disappoint.
In light of all this, we can see clearly that God being holy, God being loving, God being gracious, and God being merciful is consistent with His causing suffering. His character is consistently, unwaveringly perfect.