How Does God View People?

How God Sees Us

We know God loves His people, but how does He see them? Are we His beloved children? Sinners without hope? Dr. Mike Emlet, counselor and faculty member at Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF), first identifies what human beings struggle with on earth and then shares how God sees us by revealing how He responds to us.  

Mike Emlet practiced as a family physician for 12 years before joining the CCEF. He holds an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. He has authored Asperger Syndrome, Help for the Caregiver, OCD, and Angry Children, and CrossTalk: Where Life & Scripture Meet.  

Mike said that ever since the Fall, people have struggled with two things:

  • our identity and purpose
  • the problem of evil 

Identity asks, “Who am I, and what community am I called to be a part of?” Purpose asks, “And what am I supposed to do with that?” Have you asked those questions of yourself? What have you come up with?
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The problem of evil has two sides: evil from without and evil from within. Evil from without can be attributed to other people and circumstances; it often is the evil we are victims of. Evil from within can be attributed to human sin. 

Name some “evil from without” that you see a lot of people in the world suffer from. What “evil from without” have you been a victim of? Are you a victim of any now? If so, what?
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“Evil from within” addresses the things we do that we know we shouldn’t, our mixed motives, why we have a hard time changing, and more. In what ways have you experienced the power of sin in your own life?
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Mike said that God approaches His people in light of these problems and sees His people in three distinct ways:

  • as saints
  • as sufferers
  • as sinners

God’s people as saints affirms our identity in Christ and gives purpose to our lives. How does it make you feel to know that God sees you first as a saint? What purpose does your identity in Christ give you?
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God’s people as sufferers shows us that God doesn’t stay distant from our pain. He cares about it, draws near to us in it, and sends people to us to comfort us through it. Share a time that God came alongside you and comforted you in your pain.
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God’s people as sinners asserts that we often need confrontation. When we live in rebellion against God, we hurt not only ourselves, but also other people and the world as a whole. What damage have you experienced your sin causing? How is God’s confrontation actually a very loving thing?
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Mike said God approaches His people in line with exactly what we need. God's love for us is immense. He doesn’t come to merely overpower or possess us, so there’s no need to fear. God sees us for exactly who we are and responds to us with tender compassion. Spend a few minutes praising God for knowing you intimately and responding in the most patient and loving ways imaginable.  

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