Some people think that God is an angry judge in the sky, Who looks down from His high position far away, eager to find people who are making wrong choices so that He might obtain great delight in punishing them.
 
The Bible says that God eagerly waits, but He waits with much different motive than these people think: 
 
Isaiah 30:18
    18And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!

 
Decide for yourself. Do these three verses following give you the impression that God is an angry judge, eager to punish?
 
Isaiah 25:8-9
    8He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people He will take away from off all the earth; for the Lord has spoken it.
    9It shall be said in that day, Behold our God upon Whom we have waited and hoped, that He might save us! This is the Lord, we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.
 
Revelation 21:3-4
    3Then I heard a mighty voice from the throne and I perceived its distinct words, saying, See! The abode of God is with men, and He will live (encamp, tent) among them; and they shall be His people, and God shall personally be with them and be their God.
    4God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away.
 
Psalm 56:8
    8You number and record my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle--are they not in Your book?

 
Jesus says in John 16:27 that your Father God tenderly loves you. As He put your tears into His bottle, don’t you think that He tenderly gathered all your tears so that not one would be missing?
 
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As you read the following verses from the Bible, pay attention to these words: tears, mourning, weeping. As you do, you will learn new things about the nature and character of God.
 
God, Who names Himself your Father, assures:
 
Jeremiah 31:25
    25For I will [fully] satisfy the weary soul, and I will replenish every languishing and sorrowful person.
 
Jeremiah 31:13-14
    13Then will the maidens rejoice in the dance, and the young men and old together. For I will turn their mourning into joy and will comfort them and make them rejoice after their sorrow.
    14I will satisfy fully the life of the priests with abundance, and My people will be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.
 
Jeremiah 31:16-17
    16Thus says the Lord: Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord; and [your children] shall return from the enemy's land.
    17And there is hope for your future, says the Lord; your children shall come back to their own country.

 
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Jesus continues:
 
Matthew 5:2-9
    2Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
    3Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
    4Blessed and enviably happy [with a happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace] are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted!
    5Blessed (happy, blithesome, joyous, spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the meek (the mild, patient, long-suffering), for they shall inherit the earth!
    6Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied!
    7Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy!
    8Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous--possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God's favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!
    9Blessed (enjoying enviable happiness, spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they shall be called the sons of God!
 
Luke 6:20-23
    20And solemnly lifting up His eyes on His disciples, He said: Blessed (happy--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition--and to be envied) are you poor and lowly and afflicted (destitute of wealth, influence, position, and honor), for the kingdom of God is yours!
    21Blessed (happy--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition--and to be envied) are you who hunger and seek with eager desire now, for you shall be filled and completely satisfied! Blessed (happy--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition--and to be envied) are you who weep and sob now, for you shall laugh!
    22Blessed (happy--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition--and to be envied) are you when people despise (hate) you, and when they exclude and excommunicate you [as disreputable] and revile and denounce you and defame and cast out and spurn your name as evil (wicked) on account of the Son of Man.
    23Rejoice and be glad at such a time and exult and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is rich and great and strong and intense and abundant in heaven; for even so their forefathers treated the prophets.
 
Luke 7:36-50
    36One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to dine with him, and He went into the Pharisee's house and reclined at table.
    37And behold, a woman of the town who was an especially wicked sinner, when she learned that He was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment (perfume).
    38And standing behind Him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with [her] tears; and she wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed His feet [affectionately] and anointed them with the ointment (perfume).
    39Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw it, he said to himself, If this Man were a prophet, He would surely know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching Him--for she is a notorious sinner (a social outcast, devoted to sin).
    40And Jesus, replying, said to him, Simon, I have something to say to you. And he answered, Teacher, say it.
    41A certain lender of money [at interest] had two debtors: one owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty.
    42When they had no means of paying, he freely forgave them both. Now which of them will love him more?
    43Simon answered, The one, I take it, for whom he forgave and cancelled more. And Jesus said to him, You have decided correctly.
    44Then turning toward the woman, He said to Simon, Do you see this woman? When I came into your house, you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
    45You gave Me no kiss, but she from the moment I came in has not ceased [intermittently] to kiss My feet tenderly and caressingly.
    46You did not anoint My head with [cheap, ordinary] oil, but she has anointed My feet with [costly, rare] perfume.
    47Therefore I tell you, her sins, many [as they are], are forgiven her--because she has loved much. But he who is forgiven little loves little.
    48And He said to her, Your sins are forgiven!
    49Then those who were at table with Him began to say among themselves, Who is this Who even forgives sins?
    50But Jesus said to the woman, Your faith has saved you; go (enter) into peace [in freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin].
 
John 16:All
    1I have told you all these things, so that you should not be offended (taken unawares and falter, or be caused to stumble and fall away). [I told you to keep you from being scandalized and repelled.]
    2They will put you out of (expel you from) the synagogues; but an hour is coming when whoever kills you will think and claim that he has offered service to God.
    3And they will do this because they have not known the Father or Me.
    4But I have told you these things now, so that when they occur you will remember that I told you of them. I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.
    5But now I AM going to Him Who sent Me, yet none of you asks Me, Where are You going?
    6But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your hearts [taken complete possession of them].
    7However, I AM telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].
    8And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgment:
    9About sin, because they do not believe in Me [trust in, rely on, and adhere to Me];
    10About righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God), because I go to My Father, and you will see Me no longer;
    11About judgment, because the ruler (evil genius, prince) of this world [Satan] is judged and condemned and sentence already is passed upon him.
    12I have still many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them or to take them upon you or to grasp them now.
    13But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future].
    14He will honor and glorify Me, because He will take of (receive, draw upon) what is Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.
    15Everything that the Father has is Mine. That is what I meant when I said that He [the Spirit] will take the things that are Mine and will reveal (declare, disclose, transmit) it to you.
    16In a little while you will no longer see Me, and again after a short while you will see Me.
    17So some of His disciples questioned among themselves, What does He mean when He tells us, In a little while you will no longer see Me, and again after a short while you will see Me, and, Because I go to My Father?
    18What does He mean by a little while? We do not know or understand what He is talking about.
    19Jesus knew that they wanted to ask Him, so He said to them, Are you wondering and inquiring among yourselves what I meant when I said, In a little while you will no longer see Me, and again after a short while you will see Me?
    20I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that you shall weep and grieve, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.
    21A woman, when she gives birth to a child, has grief (anguish, agony) because her time has come. But when she has delivered the child, she no longer remembers her pain (trouble, anguish) because she is so glad that a man (a child, a human being) has been born into the world.
    22So for the present you are also in sorrow (in distress and depressed); but I will see you again and [then] your hearts will rejoice, and no one can take from you your joy (gladness, delight).
    23And when that time comes, you will ask nothing of Me [you will need to ask Me no questions]. I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that My Father will grant you whatever you ask in My Name [as presenting all that I AM].
    24Up to this time you have not asked a [single] thing in My Name [as presenting all that I AM]; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.
    25I have told you these things in parables (veiled language, allegories, dark sayings); the hour is now coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but I shall tell you about the Father in plain words and openly (without reserve).
    26At that time you will ask (pray) in My Name; and I AM not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf [for it will be unnecessary].
    27For the Father Himself [tenderly] loves you because you have loved Me and have believed that I came out from the Father.
    28I came out from the Father and have come into the world; again, I AM leaving the world and going to the Father.
    29His disciples said, Ah, now You are speaking plainly to us and not in parables (veiled language and figures of speech)!
    30Now we know that You are acquainted with everything and have no need to be asked questions. Because of this we believe that you [really] came from God.
    31Jesus answered them, Do you now believe? [Do you believe it at last?]
    32But take notice, the hour is coming, and it has arrived, when you will all be dispersed and scattered, every man to his own home, leaving Me alone. Yet I AM not alone, because the Father is with Me.
    33I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

 
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Psalmists wrote this on the topic of tears and weeping:
 
Psalm 6:8-10
    8Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity, for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.
    9The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord receives my prayer.
    10Let all my enemies be ashamed and sorely troubled; let them turn back and be put to shame suddenly.
 
Psalm 30:5
    5For His anger is but for a moment, but His favor is for a lifetime or in His favor is life. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
 
Psalm 30:10-12
    10Hear, O Lord, have mercy and be gracious to me! O Lord, be my helper!
    11You have turned my mourning into dancing for me; You have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
    12To the end that my tongue and my heart and everything glorious within me may sing praise to You and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
 
Psalm 51:1-17
    1Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to the multitude of Your tender mercy and loving-kindness blot out my transgressions.
    2Wash me thoroughly [and repeatedly] from my iniquity and guilt and cleanse me and make me wholly pure from my sin!
    3For I am conscious of my transgressions and I acknowledge them; my sin is ever before me.
    4Against You, You only, have I sinned and done that which is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified in Your sentence and faultless in Your judgment.
    5Behold, I was brought forth in [a state of] iniquity; my mother was sinful who conceived me [and I too am sinful].
    6Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart.
    7Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean [ceremonially]; wash me, and I shall [in reality] be whiter than snow.
    8Make me to hear joy and gladness and be satisfied; let the bones which You have broken rejoice.
    9Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my guilt and iniquities.
    10Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.
    11Cast me not away from Your presence and take not Your Holy Spirit from me.
    12Restore to me the joy of Your salvation and uphold me with a willing spirit.
    13Then will I teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted and return to You.
    14Deliver me from bloodguiltiness and death, O God, the God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness (Your rightness and Your justice).
    15O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Your praise.
    16For You delight not in sacrifice, or else would I give it; You find no pleasure in burnt offering.
    17My sacrifice [the sacrifice acceptable] to God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart [broken down with sorrow for sin and humbly and thoroughly penitent], such, O God, You will not despise.
 
Psalm 116:1-6
    1I love the Lord, because He has heard [and now hears] my voice and my supplications.
    2Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live.
    3The cords and sorrows of death were around me, and the terrors of Sheol (the place of the dead) had laid hold of me; I suffered anguish and grief (trouble and sorrow).
    4Then called I upon the Name of the Lord: O Lord, I beseech You, save my life and deliver me!
    5Gracious is the Lord, and [rigidly] righteous; yes, our God is merciful.
    6The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He helped and saved me.
 
Psalm 116:8-18
    8For You have delivered my life from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling and falling.
    9I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
    10I believed (trusted in, relied on, and clung to my God), and therefore have I spoken [even when I said], I am greatly afflicted.
    11I said in my haste, All men are deceitful and liars.
    12What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits toward me? [How can I repay Him for all His bountiful dealings?]
    13I will lift up the cup of salvation and deliverance and call on the Name of the Lord.
    14I will pay my vows to the Lord, yes, in the presence of all His people.
    15Precious (important and no light matter) in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints (His loving ones).
    16O Lord, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your handmaid; You have loosed my bonds.
    17I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call on the Name of the Lord.
    18I will pay my vows to the Lord, yes, in the presence of all His people,
 
Psalm 126:5-6
    5They who sow in tears shall reap in joy and singing.
    6He who goes forth bearing seed and weeping [at needing his precious supply of grain for sowing] shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
 
Psalm 147:3
    3He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows].

 
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As you read the following verses from Job, focus on Father God’s care:
 
Job 5:8-27
    8As for me, I would seek God and inquire of and require Him, and to God would I commit my cause--
    9Who does great things and unsearchable, marvelous things without number,
    10Who gives rain upon the earth and sends waters upon the fields,
    11So that He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn He lifts to safety.
    12He frustrates the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise or anything of [lasting] worth.
    13He catches the [so-called] wise in their own trickiness, and the counsel of the schemers is brought to a quick end.
    14In the daytime they meet in darkness, and at noon they grope as in the night.
    15But [God] saves [the fatherless] from the sword of their mouth, and the needy from the hand of the mighty.
    16So the poor have hope, and iniquity shuts her mouth.
    17Happy and fortunate is the man whom God reproves; so do not despise or reject the correction of the Almighty [subjecting you to trial and suffering].
    18For He wounds [to cleanse] (or prune, see John 15:2), but He binds up; He smites, but His hands heal.
    19He will rescue you in six troubles; in seven nothing that is evil [for you] will touch you.
    20In famine He will redeem you from death, and in war from the power of the sword.
    21You shall be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, neither shall you be afraid of destruction when it comes.
    22At destruction and famine you shall laugh, neither shall you be afraid of the living creatures of the earth.
    23For you shall be in league with the stones of the field, and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.
    24And you shall know that your tent shall be in peace, and you shall visit your fold and your dwelling and miss nothing [from them].
    25You shall know also that your children shall be many, and your offspring as the grass of the earth.
    26You shall come to your grave in ripe old age, and as a shock of grain goes up [to the threshing floor] in its season.
    27This is what we have searched out; it is true. Hear and heed it and know for yourself [for your good].

 
Other fathers of the faith wrote about Father God’s comfort in times of sorrow:
 
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
    1To everything there is a season, and a time for every matter or purpose under heaven:
    2A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up what is planted,
    3A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build up,
    4A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    5A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    6A time to get and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to cast away,
    7A time to rend [tear] and a time to sew, a time to keep silence and a time to speak,
    8A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
 
Isaiah 60:19-20
    19The sun shall no more be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you, but the Lord shall be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory and your beauty.
    20Your sun shall no more go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself, for the Lord shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended.
 
Isaiah 25:6-7
    6And on this Mount shall the Lord of hosts make for all peoples a feast of rich things [symbolic of His coronation festival inaugurating the reign of the Lord on earth, in the wake of a background of gloom, judgment, and terror], a feast of wines on the lees--of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined.
    7And He will destroy on this mountain the covering of the face that is cast over the heads of all peoples [in mourning], and the veil [of profound wretchedness] that is woven and spread over all nations.
 
Isaiah 25:8-9
    8He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people He will take away from off all the earth; for the Lord has spoken it.
    9It shall be said in that day, Behold our God upon Whom we have waited and hoped, that He might save us! This is the Lord, we have waited for Him; we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.
 
Isaiah 61:1-2
    1The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,
    2To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favor] and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn
 
Romans 12:15
    15Rejoice with those who rejoice [sharing others' joy], and weep with those who weep [sharing others' grief].
 
Revelation 5:1-13
    1And I saw lying on the open hand of Him Who was seated on the throne a scroll (book) written within and on the back, closed and sealed with seven seals;
    2And I saw a strong angel announcing in a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the scroll? And [who is entitled and deserves and is morally fit] to break its seals?
    3And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth [in the realm of the dead, Hades] was able to open the scroll or to take a [single] look at its contents.
    4And I wept audibly and bitterly because no one was found fit to open the scroll or to inspect it.
    5Then one of the elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin] said to me, Stop weeping! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root (Source) has won (has overcome and conquered)! He can open the scroll and break its seven seals!
    6And there between the throne and the four living creatures (beings) and among the elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin] I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God [the sevenfold Holy Spirit] Who have been sent [on duty far and wide] into all the earth.
    7He then went and took the scroll from the right hand of Him Who sat on the throne.
    8And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin] prostrated themselves before the Lamb. Each was holding a harp (lute or guitar), and they had golden bowls full of incense (fragrant spices and gums for burning), which are the prayers of God's people (the saints).
    9And [now] they sing a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the scroll and to break the seals that are on it, for You were slain (sacrificed), and with Your blood You purchased men unto God from every tribe and language and people and nation.
    10And You have made them a kingdom (royal race) and priests to our God, and they shall reign [as kings] over the earth!
    11Then I looked, and I heard the voices of many angels on every side of the throne and of the living creatures and the elders [of the heavenly Sanhedrin], and they numbered ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands,
    12Saying in a loud voice, Deserving is the Lamb, Who was sacrificed, to receive all the power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and majesty (glory, splendor) and blessing!
    13And I heard every created thing in heaven and on earth and under the earth [in Hades, the place of departed spirits] and on the sea and all that is in it, crying out together, To Him Who is seated on the throne and to the Lamb be ascribed the blessing and the honor and the majesty (glory, splendor) and the power (might and dominion) forever and ever (through the eternities of the eternities)!
 
Revelation 21:1-4
    1Then I saw a new sky (heaven) and a new earth, for the former sky and the former earth had passed away (vanished), and there no longer existed any sea.
   2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, all arrayed like a bride beautified and adorned for her husband;
    3Then I heard a mighty voice from the throne and I perceived its distinct words, saying, See! The abode of God is with men, and He will live (encamp, tent) among them; and they shall be His people, and God shall personally be with them and be their God.
    4God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away.

 
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Centuries ago, Moses wanted to experience I AM’s power, so he asked to see I AM’s glory.
 
Moses wanted to know I AM by seeing what He could do.
 
Knowing that relationship is greater than power, I AM responded to Moses, not by demonstrating the thunder of His glory, but by revealing the infinite height, depth, and width of His goodness.
 
As Moses grew in his understanding of I AM’s nature and character,

Moses learned that I AM named Himself Moses’ Father, and

His most excellent glory was His infinite goodness.
 
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Today, God, the I AM, wants you to know that He doesn’t love you
based on how “good” you are or how well you “perform.”
 
He chose you, individually, as His child before the foundations of the earth.
 
It’s His eternal Truth that nothing you can do can “earn” more love from Him.
 
He loves you not for what you can do ― but for who you are ― because of Who He is.
 
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Do you know that God, your Father, has waited your entire life for this moment?
 
Through His Spirit, He’s been calling you throughout your life, but many things prevented you from responding. Now, He has brought you to this website.
 
He knows you have questions, and He rejoices that you do have questions.
 
What loving Father doesn’t rejoice in His child’s questions? Questions and answers build relationship!
 
This moment, He is listening to you. He is looking at you. And He is smiling … with the same love He has held for you since He first breathed life into you.  Right now He is congratulating Himself on what an excellent job He did when He created you.
 
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Might you be asking:
 
“God, can it be true that You name Yourself my Father? Can I really call You Father?”
 
“Can it be true that You want relationship with me?”
 
“Can it be true that You love me for who I am rather than for how well I “perform”?”
 
“Can it be true that I don’t have to be perfect in order to “earn” Your love ?”
 
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God, your Father, wants you to know that He sent Jesus to earth to live as a Man for one purpose ― to die. For you.
 
God, your Father, initiated this plan. He sent Jesus with as much determination and intent as a military commander sends his troops to the front lines of battle.
 
And when Jesus shed His Blood, He accomplished everything necessary to restore you to the Father-child relationship that God your Father desires. Yes. That He desires.
 
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Jesus is the only Way to relationship with Father God:
 
John 14:6
    6Jesus said to him, I AM the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.

 
If you are willing to move a little closer to God in relationship, pray this prayer:
 
“God. Father God. I can never be “good” enough to “earn” Your love. You know the choices I’ve made in my life. The Truth is that many of the choices I’ve made were my attempts to find love, to fill an unnamed emptiness inside me.”
 
“I am willing to be open-minded as I read the sections of this website about Jesus’ Mission, Jesus’ Sacrifice, Jesus’ Triumph, and Jesus’ Exchanges.”
 
“As I do, would You please work in my life so that I know You really are listening and You really do desire relationship with me?
 
Would You please help me to know You and to understand what You are really like?”
 
“And since You love me for who I am, not for what I do, please help me to love You the same way in return. May I begin knowing You for Who You are instead of what You can do for me.  Amen.”
 
Now, expect to know for yourself that your Father God’s most excellent glory is His infinite goodness.