It is possible to make two mistakes in our thoughts about God. They correspond to the mistakes we can make in our thoughts about ourselves—either not needing forgiveness, or being too bad to be forgiven. We can think of God as so Holy, so transcendent, so “other,” that we dare not approach Him. Or, we can think of Him as our buddy, the Old Man Upstairs. This is so disrespectful I hesitate to write it. The Bible says He dwells in unapproachable light and that we can boldly come near the throne. (1 Timothy 6:16; Hebrews 4:16) Reverence and intimacy come together in addressing God as our Father. He is Father, not just Sovereign One. He is not Buddy. One more thing. — Josh Hunt, The Habit of Discipleship (Pulpit Press, 2015).

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