God’s Affections

We express affections as we go through the ups and downs of life. For example, we rejoice, grieve, get angry, etc.

God also expresses affections as he watches us navigate life. However, his are more righteous than ours.

Due to our fallen nature, we tend to view our situations subjectively, analyze them emotionally, and respond to them selfishly, inappropriately, or disproportionately.

In contrast, God observes our situations objectively, analyzes them logically, and responds to them perfectly.

Unlike ours, his responses never emanate from need or want.

Joy/Delight

God rejoices when we rejoice. He is joyous when we please him. He delights in our success. Jesus rejoiced with his followers when they gleefully returned from a successful mission trip.

Grief

God grieves when we grieve. Jesus wept alongside the family of a dead friend. God anguishes when we persistently live contrary to what he deems best for us.

Pity/Compassion

God pities the innocents who are battered by turmoil through no fault of their own. He feels compassion toward those who must endure the consequences of their own misbehavior. His compassion motivates him to provide aid and comfort.

Regret/Pain

God never regrets anything he does, because he does everything perfectly. However, it hurts him to watch us miss out on his goodness. He feels regret for us when we suffer the consequences of our disobedience.

Anger

God gets angry, in due time, at those who defy him and misrepresent him without repentance.

Jesus expressed anger at the merchants who turned the local worship center into a place of commerce, at the religious leaders who espoused petty legalism, at those who tried to limit access to him, and at people who caused others to sin.

He never got mad at anyone else.

Jealousy

God is never envious or covetous because he lacks nothing. However, he is jealous when we give to others what rightfully belongs to him—worship, credit, time, resources, etc.

God wants us to make him the center of our lives, not because he is needy or selfish, but because he knows that he is our source of true contentment.

Vengeance

God ultimately avenges those who reject him and oppress his adherents without eventual contrition.

His punishment is not enraged vindictiveness for petty slights. It is righteous retribution for sin and evil.