For the record, this is probably not a final statement by any means. It's mostly just how I'm feeling right now. Ask me again in a couple of weeks and it might be different. I'm basing my theology statement about the nature of God on the fruits of the Spirit.
- God is Loving: God not only loves, but he IS love. When I choose to be loving, I am acting in accordance with God's loving nature. (1 John 4:8)
- God is Joyful: He dances over me with joyful singing. He created laughter and humor. He is fun. When I am happy, I reflect God's joyful nature. (Zephaniah 3:17)
- God is Peaceful: God's way is peaceful. Stirring up strife and dissent is not of God. When I choose peace instead of conflict, I am acting in accordance with God's peaceful nature. (Ephesians 4:3-6)
- God is Patient: God has a long-term plan and isn't so much concerned with me getting everything I want RIGHT NOW. He also is willing to wait for me to get over whatever gets in the way of my relationship with him. When I exhibit patience in my life, I'm showing God's patient nature. (2 Peter 3:15)
- God is Kind: God shows concern for me and does so regardless of what I offer back. His kindness is in no way dependent on me. When I show kindness to those around me, I show God's kind nature. (Romans 2:3-4)
- God is Good: God always gives the best part of himself. He doesn't hold anything back. When I allow what is good in me to overflow, I am behaving in a way that is consistent with God's good nature. (Psalm 31:19)
- God is Faithful: I can trust that God will not let me down. What he promises to do, he does. When I keep my promises, I express God's faithful nature.(Lamentations 3:22-24)
- God is Gentle: Even with his awesome power, God expresses himself with gentleness. When I place the needs of others in front of my own needs, I'm living out God's gentle nature. (Isaiah 49:15)
- God has Self-Control: God doesn't fly off the handle. He is reasonable. When I choose to exert self-control, I am reflecting God's self-controlling nature. (Psalm 86:15)
As I said, this is, of course, incomplete. But when I think of God, these are the first attributes that come to my mind.
If you were writing a personal theology, what would you write? Do you have something you'd be willing to share? Do you think this is a worthwhile pursuit?