They say a leopard never changes its spots and men never change. In fact, an old friend once told me that though the sins of women be many, men are only ever guilty of two sins – the things they say, and the things they do. But jokes aside, it is true that we all have an inner nature that we never change. It may consist of habits, or perhaps ways of thinking; but whatever it is that is in our nature, we never change. So have you ever wondered if God is like that? Does He have an inner nature that never changes? Well beloved, He certainly does. In fact, He is more constant than constant itself, because,

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever;” Hebrews 13:8

And since Jesus is in the Father, and the Father in Him (John 14:11), the words that He spoke, He did not speak on His own authority; but the Father who dwells in Him did the works (John 14:10), therefore, he who has seen Jesus has seen the Father (John 14:9). So our Father is also the same yesterday, today and forever.

So then, what is this nature of our Father that is never changing? It is this,

“The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.” Psalm 103:8

The Message translates it beautifully for us.

“God is sheer mercy and grace;
not easily angered, he’s rich in love.” Psalm 103:8 [MSG]

“As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;” Psalm 103:13 [NIV]

“God’s love, though, is ever and always,
eternally present to all who fear him,
Making everything right for them and their children
as they follow his Covenant ways
and remember to do whatever he said.” Psalm 103:17-18 [MSG]

“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great are His mercy and loving-kindness toward those who reverently and worshipfully fear Him.” Psalm 103:11 [AMPC]

Let me show you why. There was a city called Nineveh. We know what happened to Nineveh because we have seen how our Father sent Jonah to save Nineveh in the message, Jesus Loves You with an Unrelenting Love. But what we did not see was just how much Nineveh angered our Father. Of Nineveh, our Father said,

“God is jealous, and the Lord avenges;
The Lord avenges and is furious.
The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries,
And He reserves wrath for His enemies;
The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
And will not at all acquit the wicked.” Nahum 1:2-3

Our Father was properly ‘pissed off’. Even though the prophet Nahum acknowledges that our Father is slow to anger, there is no denying that He was angry toward Nineveh. In fact, He was so angry, He gave forewarning that,

“The Lord has given a command concerning you:
“Your name shall be perpetuated no longer.
Out of the house of your gods
I will cut off the carved image and the molded image.
I will dig your grave,
For you are vile.”” Nahum 1:14

And this was no empty talk either, for He describes how this will be done.

“The shields of his mighty men are made red,
The valiant men are in scarlet.
The chariots come with flaming torches
In the day of his preparation,
And the spears are brandished.
The chariots rage in the streets,
They jostle one another in the broad roads;
They seem like torches,
They run like lightning.” Nahum 2:3-4

Nineveh will be conquered by her enemies.

“Though Nineveh of old was like a pool of water,
Now they flee away.
“Halt! Halt!” they cry;
But no one turns back.
Take spoil of silver!
Take spoil of gold!
There is no end of treasure,
Or wealth of every desirable prize.
She is empty, desolate, and waste!
The heart melts, and the knees shake;
Much pain is in every side,
And all their faces are drained of color.” Nahum 2:8-10

She will be plundered of all her wealth. Why?

“Behold, I am against you,” says the Lord of hosts, “I will burn your chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions; I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers shall be heard no more.” Nahum 2:13

In fact, Nahum 3 goes on to describe our Father’s anger to even greater detail. Yet,

“Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” Jonah 1:1-2

He still sent Jonah to call them back. And when they had heeded His call and turned from their evil ways,

“Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He had said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.” Jonah 3:10

Beloved, this is the true nature of our Father. He is merciful to the very end. His inner nature is love; love for us all, as He said,

““Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord God, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live?”” Ezekiel 18:23

“‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.’” Ezekiel 33:11

No matter what we have done, or not done, He loves us all the same. His mercy for us is always the same, because His inner nature is love for us.

I do not understand why our Creator, who could wipe us off the face of the earth when we anger Him, would spend time

“…developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” Philippians 1:6 [AMPC]

For indeed,

“Behold, all souls are Mine;
The soul of the father
As well as the soul of the son is Mine;
The soul who sins shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4

And rightly so. Yet, like Nineveh, Jesus was sent to be our Jonah, to call us back into fellowship with Him.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

Just like Jonah did not go to Nineveh to condemn Nineveh, Jesus did not come to condemn us. In fact, He came to bear our condemnation for us, for

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

So that now we can say that,

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

And that is why beloved, for us who believe,

“The Lord is good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble;
And He knows those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7

And if you have been suffering, our Father has promised,

“For now I will break off his yoke from you,
And burst your bonds apart.” Nahum 1:13

So take a page out of the playbook of Habakkuk, the prophet and

“I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected.” Habakkuk 2:1

Our Father will always answer you. And though the solution may not be for now,

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:3

Our Father’s love will never tarry. He will meet your needs; break the holds over you, just at the right time. For

“Behold the proud,
His soul is not upright in him;
But the just shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2:4

Indeed beloved, if you look back on your life, our Father has been faithful in many things. And because His inner nature is constant, because it is His inner nature to love you, He will continue to be faithful in all things to come. Surely,

“The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.” Habakkuk 3:19

And even if you feel like you have been a Nineveh, going against our Father all your life, His love for you is still the same, as He has said,

““For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live!”” Ezekiel 18:32

So my friend, if you have never known the love of our Father, and He loves you, turn, and turn now. Jesus says,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

Jesus came so that you may have another chance to be right with our Father and enjoy the abundant life that He wants for you. And if you would accept this, then say this to our Father right now.

“Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for always loving me. Though I may stray, though I may anger You, Your love for me has never changed. Your mercy toward me has never faltered. Thank You Father for sending Your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross, that by His death I too die to sin; that by His shed blood, I receive full and complete remission of sins; that by His rising, I too am risen to a new life in Him. Father I know that just as Your love for me has never changed, Your care will always be about me. So I rest now in the knowledge of Your never changing love for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Beloved child of God, like you, our Father has a ‘stubborn’ nature. But unlike you, He just stubbornly loves you and wants only the best for you, always.

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