Isaiah 26:21 For behold, the Lord is coming out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no more cover its slain.

Nahum 1:2 LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.

There are so many misconceptions about the One true living God. Based on the scriptures above, and other scriptures in the Old Covenant, there are so many people who still believe the nature of God is punishment, wrath, and vengeance. People believe if we sin, we should expect punishment from God in the form of a car wreck or our house being burglarized. If God is having a good day, He may be willing to throw us a blessing. With this misconception, no wonder there are so many atheists. If punishment is going to occur whether we serve Him or not, why choose to believe and serve this angry God?

Now, God did have a zero tolerance policy towards mankind’s sins in the Old Covenant because no one could pay the price for sins. Therefore, punishment occurred for sins unless a sin offering was made by the priest with the shedding of animal blood.

Today, we live under a New Covenant. The true nature of God is love (1 John 4:8). God’s love sent His Son Jesus to shed His blood for mankind’s sins (John 3:16). All the punishment and wrath for sins was poured out on Jesus (1 John 4:10). God’s not waiting to punish us every time we miss the mark. That punishment was received by Jesus. It’s through Jesus all of our past, present, and future sins have been forgiven (Col. 2:13, 14).

Since God’s punishment for sin was received by Jesus for our sakes, the only thing God has left to give us is love, grace, mercy, peace, wisdom, joy and all the good things in life. This is the God we serve. He is not holding a grudge and He is not counting our sins against us (2 Cor. 5:19). Let’s renew our minds and receive the true nature of God.

Hebrews 2:17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.