Now someone who in spite of his past sins honestly wants to become reconciled to God may Cautiously inquire, ” If I come to God, how will He act toward me? What kind of disposition has He? What will I find Him to be like?”
The answer is that He will be found exactly like Jesus. “He that hath seen me,” said Jesus, “hath seen the Father.” Christ walked with men on earth that He might show them what God is like and make known the true nature of God to a race that had wrong ideas about Him. This way only of the things He did while here in the flesh, but this He did with beautiful perfection.
From Him we learn how God acts towards people. The hypocritical, the basically insincere, will find Him cold and aloof, as they found Jesus; but the penitent will find Him merciful; the self-condemned will find Him generous and kind. To the frightened He is friendly, to the poor in spirit He is forgiving, to the ignorant, considerate; to the weak, gentle; to the stranger; hospitable.
By our own attitudes we may determine our reception by Him. Though the kindness of God is an infinite, overflowing fountain of cordiality, God will not force His attention upon us. If we would be welcomed as the Prodigal was, we must come as the Prodigal came; and when we so come, even though the Pharisees and the legalists sulk without, there will be a feast of welcome within, and music and dancing as the Father takes His child again to His heart.
By: A.W. Tozer (1961). The Knowledge of the Holy