2 Corinthians 1: 3, 4, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
The God of all comfort. I like that definition of God. It speaks volumes of His mercy, something that a lot of church folks fail to speak of at all. For some it’s because they realize God’s love has long been predefined and over-extended (at least by us) and they are trying to make things right–theologically speaking. Those folks I applaud for they often do want to please God and usually come to see the need of speaking of His mercy too. Once they do, it’s a beautiful thing. It’s the rest of the Christians who fail to speak of God’s mercy that I’m concerned about.
These other folks often fail to speak of God’s mercy because they themselves aren’t merciful and don’t want to be. It’s easier to follow the letter of the law than try to dig down deep and understand the meaning behind it. So they do that and along the way they make up dozens of different laws to enforce the first one, crushing many along the way.
Many of the ones they crush are those who have already been cruelly crushed by others.
Those who have been wounded by life don’t need a lop-sided view of God. None of us do. No one ever benefits from failing to understand the full glory of God’s attributes. God is all love and nothing but is a spirit killer just as much as God is all wrath and nothing else; neither is true and both fail to introduce us to the real God. The broken and abused understand wrath. They understand anger. They have little or no understanding of love, mercy and peace, however. If they don’t hear that God is a God of comfort, love, mercy, kindness Who is trustworthy and unchanging–in context of the full range of God’s attributes–they will never come to understand God for Who He truly is.
And we who know better must answer for that.