The Goodness Of God
God is good. We are not. Until men know Him personally they get it backwards. They think they are good and He is not. God*s goodness is so far superior to our goodness that our goodness is not goodness at all. It is not the goodness of God.
Mark 10:18: And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
Galatians 5:22a, c: But the fruit of the Spirit is . . . goodness, . . .
Ephesians 5:9: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth
I did not really know anything about the goodness of God until after I had received Jesus and become born again. We cannot perceive or experience the goodness of God until we have been born again.
John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
When we receive Jesus we become children of God. Becoming born again is another way to describe becoming a child of God. Receiving Jesus is how we become born again.
John 1:12 : But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Some things I learned after I had been born again: God really is good, He really does love me and He really has my best interests at heart.
Romans 2:4-5: Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? 5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
The goodness of God leads us to repentance toward God and away from sin. It is one facet of salvation.
Acts 20:21-22: Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
After we receive Jesus we can rejoice in His goodness and in everything the Bible says about it.
2 Chronicles 6:41: Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness.
Psalms 52:1b: . . . the goodness of God endureth continually.
Psalms 68:10b: . . . O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor.
The poorest people are those who do not experience the goodness of God.
Hosea 3:5: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.
We have the privilege of continuing in His goodness (living in it).
Romans 11:22: Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
We can have pleasure in His goodness. Unbelievers think that we believers have no pleasure. I trust that you know how wrong they are. This should be our prayer for ourselves and for others:
2 Thessalonians 1:11: Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
Are you rejoicing in the goodness of God and continuing in it? If not, receive Jesus into your heart and life and get started in His goodness. You cannot continue in it until you get started in it.