Imagine My Son, Jesus, sitting right next to you. What does that look like to you? Is He scowling and reprimanding you? Or do you think He possibly wants to just hold you close and comfort you? Because you have read the Old Testament through so many times, you tend to see Me as Judge more than you see the other facets of who I am. I am Judge and I make no apologies; however, I am also the God of love, compassion and mercy. My mercies are new every morning.
Remember that mercy triumphs over judgment. Your "black-and-white" thinking prevents you from seeing Me as I truly am. Again, if you have "seen" Jesus, than you have seen Me, the Father. Who is most like Jesus in your life? These are the people that are truly reflecting Me.
I am with you to cheer, comfort and guide you along your way. I am here to lift your head above your circumstances and refocus your attention on your God, the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth. I am here to remind you that nothing is too difficult for Me and that all things are possible for those who believe. Although you are tired and worn, stretch your faith muscles once again. In the end you will gain the prize of knowing Me and My faithfulness to you.
John 15:9-11,13-15 Living Bible (TLB)
9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Live within my love. 10 When you obey me you are living in my love, just as I obey my Father and live in his love. 11 I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your cup of joy will overflow!
13 And here is how to measure it—the greatest love is shown when a person lays down his life for his friends; 14 and you are my friends if you obey me. 15 I no longer call you slaves, for a master doesn’t confide in his slaves; now you are my friends, proved by the fact that I have told you everything the Father told me.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 Living Bible (TLB)
3-4 What a wonderful God we have—he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the source of every mercy, and the one who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials. And why does he do this? So that when others are troubled, needing our sympathy and encouragement, we can pass on to them this same help and comfort God has given us. 5 You can be sure that the more we undergo sufferings for Christ, the more he will shower us with his comfort and encouragement.