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Me and my many misrepresentation(s)

I do not have a particularly good track record of representing God. I have misrepresented God plenty.   If I am enabled to represent God it is not because of me, as I was not able to represent God of myself. If I am enabled to represent God it is because of God. If He had not helped me know Who He Is I would not be able to represent Him at all. If God had not helped to correct some of the misrepresentations I struggled with, He would not be Who He Is. Ultimately whenever I have misrepresented God, it has hurt not only me,  but others as well and in so doing it has hurt He  who values both me and others higher than He values Himself.  (Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord).

I have misrepresented God by being bitter toward those who I thought had hurt someone I valued very highly. God is forgiving, even towards those who have hurt those who He valued higher than Himself.  Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and tender-hearted to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you.

I have misrepresented God financially by not allowing Him to provide for me (fear of lack of money). God provides everything that is required for you to be you, otherwise He would not be Who He Is. Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow or reap or gather into barns—and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

I have misrepresented God by being critical and judgmental. God is not critical and judgmental  (John 5:22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son)

I have misrepresented God by speaking things that are not true. God has not nor ever will say anything that is not true. Titus 1:2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,

I have misrepresented God by thinking about ladies in the wrong way (I have committed what God calls adultery). God has not nor ever will think about you in a way that is like this. Matthew 5:28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

I have misrepresented God by doing and saying things that are not completely motivated by love.  God has not nor ever will do or say  anything that is not completely motivated by love. 1 John 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

I have misrepresented God by acting and speaking in a prideful manner. God has not nor ever will act in a way to make Himself look "important." He would rather you receive the credit for what He has done through you. Proverbs 16:19 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud. 

I have misrepresented God by not repenting sufficiently when I have misrepresented God. God has never been anything other than Who He Is, but if He could be anything other than this, He would immediately repent for hurting you by being Someone He Is Not. Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

I have misrepresented God by not being completely who I am around other people. God has not nor ever been completely himself around anyone. Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'"

I have misrepresented God by not acting in a completely trustworthy manner. God has not nor ever will be anything other than completely trustworthy. Proverbs 3:5 
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; i
n all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

I have misrepresented God by not being completely respectful to my parents. God has no parents, but if he had, he would be completely respectful to them. .  Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

I have misrepresented God by speaking negative things about people behind their backs. God has not nor ever will slander you.  Proverbs 11:13 A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.

I have misrepresented God by wanting to be better than other people. God has not nor ever will want to be better than you. James 3:16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 

I have misrepresented God by doing things I thought He needed me to do out of a sense of duty.  God is willingly Who He Is. He willingly loves you, provides for you, etc etc.  Exodus 35:5  From what you have, take an offering for the LORD. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the LORD an offering of gold, silver and bronze;

There are plenty of other ways that I have misrepresented God that I have failed to mention. If you are wanting to find a person who has represented God perfectly, do not look at me. Look at His Son Jesus Christ. 




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