“The Lord appeared to him from afar, saying ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness’” (Jeremiah 31:3).
Due primarily to the influence of pagan religion, the most prevalent image of God is one of a crotchety, petulant, foul-tempered old man that must be appeased. While divine wrath and anger is expressed throughout scripture, it does not represent the prevalent theme of God’s person and activity. In the entirety of scripture, the actions of God are driven and sustained by his persistent and unwavering love. Seeing him as he sees you makes for a far more rewarding relationship.