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Goodness #7—Long-lasting Good

The Eternal is good. His extravagant kindness is everlasting, and his faithfulness to all generations. Psalm 100:5 Our patience runs out. Our loyalty decays. Our generosity withers. Our mercy delays. Our devotion dies down. Our compassion goes flat. Our graciousness dwindles. Our lives are like that. … God’s is not! From eternity to eternity, God … Continue reading

Goodness #6—Good Discipline

It is for discipline that we endure; God deals with us as with children; what child is there whom a father does not discipline? … They disciplined us for the day, as seemed best to them, but God does so for our good, that we may receive a share of his holiness. Hebrews 12:7–10 Surgical … Continue reading

Goodness #5—Giver of Good

If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him? Luke 11:13 While it’s possible for us to give good gifts in spite of the evil in us, God gives good gifts because of the … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … About Goodness and Holiness

In the midst of this series on goodness I thought it might be helpful to indicate the connections between God’s goodness and other qualities we associate with him. The following paragraphs, from some correspondence with a friend, provide some insights into these relationships that have been helpful to me: You asked if I would clarify the concept … Continue reading

Goodness #4—Empowered Good

In order that you be worthy of your calling, we pray that God would fill every intention to do good, indeed every work of faith, with power so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified. 2 Thessalonians 1:11–12 God is so concerned that we do good (that is, do what will create … Continue reading

Goodness #3—Conforming Good

God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose. For whom he chose, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son. Romans 8:28–29 God’s voice booms out of Heaven, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I … Continue reading

Goodness #2—Good Laboring

Here is what is good and fitting: to eat, to drink and to enjoy yourself in all your labor in which you toil under the sun during the few years of your life which God has given you; for this is your portion. Ecclesiastes 5:18 Some days when frustration is at its height, when our … Continue reading

Goodness #1—Goodness in Groups

As children we learned the prayer: “God is great and God is good.”  As adults we would be wise not to forget this fundamental truth, especially in a time when goodness is difficult to perceive in the world around us. When Moses asked to see the glory of God, God promised to let all his … Continue reading

Abundance #7—Just Abundance

To everyone who has shall more be given. So he shall have an abundance. But from the one who does not have, even what he has shall be taken away. Matthew 25:29 While the weeds grow in the field among the wheat; while the wicked seem to prosper more than the righteous; while the rain … Continue reading

Team #7—Able to Admonish

I myself have become persuaded about you, my brothers and sisters, that you are full of goodness, in that you have been filled with all knowledge so you are able to admonish one another. Romans 15:14 Imagine that! We who follow Jesus in the obedience of faith are full of goodness. Not just any goodness, … Continue reading