I once showed a picture of my dog to 5 people and I got 5 different responses, descriptions and words to describe what they saw. If this is the case of a picture of a dog here on earth, how much more would we get that same different response in talking about God!
“But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” – Titus 3:4-7
Can you find support for a judgmental, vindictive, angry God in the Bible?
Yes you can! If you cherry pick certain verses, most in the Old Testament and disregard most of the New Testament and a big part of the Bible as a whole – sure you can.
If I really worked at it I could probably make a good case for God being a car salesman from Dallas Texas in the USA – but that is not my point! My point is:
GOD IS LOVE! And verse after verse and the cross and Jesus and His whole plan laid out in the Bible and my life and the fact that I am still breathing – All go to prove that!
The exact same thing is true about the Holy Spirit!
Most Christians want to tell you that the Holy Spirit “convicts” a person and while that is correct, Grace says He convicts of times of Love growth Not times of sin as sin is based on law and we are no longer under the law once in Christ!
Take another look at the passage above and notice which verbs are past tense. The reason they are past tense is very simple, it happened at the very second you accepted Christ! Do I still grow? Yes, Absolutely! I grow in Love NOT law and this is the difference between a Grace based Christian and a legalist!