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God Is Good

When you think of the glory of God, one can see with his or her own eyes the scope and wonder of God. One can stand at the Ocean shoreline and see nothing but water as far as one can see. From a mountaintop one can see miles of hills and valleys standing in awe of the sheer size of the world. At night gaze at the stars and think how insignificant you are to Godís creation and wonder why would God want a personal relationship with you when his creation is so huge?

The designer of the creation cannot be denied because the earth declares the glory of its architect and builder. The signature of God is on everything God has created, but from what was created God gave man the authority to rule over everything on the surface of earth.  Since the beginning of time the whole creation has been groaning as they wait for the sons of God to be revealed. The vastness and order of creation has spoken to every man on the face of the earth giving glory to God. However, God maintains control of our environment.  What will men do if the sun were to stop producing light and if the clouds would not produce rain? Ironically, when Godís plan to build his kingdom of kings and priests is complete, that is what God has planning to do.

God has foretold what would come to pass in the future.

God has described the end of time before it comes to pass. One day Jesus Christ will return to be glorified among all those who have believed. 2 Thessalonians 1:10 Because of Godís surpassing power every Christian expects to be raised from the dead and live in heaven with God. That will be the day every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord.

Colossians 1:27 speaks of another glory, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Just as Christ had the fullness of God dwell within him, you have the fullness of God dwelling in you. Out of the goodness of his heart God will give you his spirit to help you overcome the world with its evil desires.

From the moment Jesus Christ enters your heart the fullness of God dwells with in your heart. Through Christ you become members of Godís household and have direct access to the father. Jesus Christ becomes the cornerstone and in him all the promises of God are fulfilled so that the father is glorified. God reveals his glory to you by making you holy and in him; your body becomes a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

 Nothing can snatch you from his hand and nothing can separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. Every promise, every word, and every prophecy will come to pass as God said. God is faithful to his word and everything he said will be accomplished. God receives glory when each one of his promises comes true in your life. The icing on the cake is when Godís children benefit by taking advantage of his promises. Each of those promises was given from the goodness of his heart with the strong desire that you would partake of his divine nature.

Godís children are subject to corruption because they live in a world that has been strongly seduced by evil desires. His divine nature and his promises will help you to overcome the evil state the world has fallen into. Jesus said,

The goodness of God continues to bless the saint by dwelling within you and the same spirit that Christ was baptized into will come with him. John said,

  Because Jesus Christ overcame the world you can too.

The goodness of God is an outcome of a disposition of holiness. Goodness is a praiseworthy attribute that comes from moral excellence. The goodness of God is an act of being good to mankind through grace. The golden rule, do to others what you would have them do to you, is a basic rule to live by. When you consider what goes around, comes around, itís not a bad precept to live by. Being good to others is telling them that this is the way I want you to treat me.

God disposition of love and his moral ethics go hand in hand with goodness. God wants you to become aware that your love and morality must consider how your deeds effect other people. When you consider the Ten Commandments they tell you how to love one another with respect? Respect is an important ingredient in relationships and when you obey the Ten Commandments you display your love and respect for them. In the same regard, showing respect to everyone has to come from the goodness of your heart.

The Old Testament prophets knew that God was a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love and relents from sending calamity. he maintains his love to a thousand generations, forgives our wickedness, rebellion and sin  I will have mercy on those I will have mercy on, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Out of his goodness he wonít let the guilty go unpunished.

Out of his goodness God has spoken about the things that he detests and that he rewards those who seek his face by faith. He also forewarned man that he would reward man according to his deeds. However, it is manís responsibility to seek, find, and adopt the precepts that leads to the works God appreciates. When you live according to Godís will, Godís good and perfect will, you will receive Godís blessing.

The goodness of God is such that God wants you to become prosperous so you may be a blessing to those in need. God is not pleased in someone who gives grudgingly but delights in those who give from the heart expecting nothing in return. God expects his children to act in like manner and respond to life according to his instruction. Like father, like son, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

Having the fullness of Christ dwell in you gives you a responsibility to live by Godís standards to become the shining light that ushers the sinner into the love of Christ. The goodness of God has instructed you to walk according to Godís will and by obeying God you have a better life. God wants you to share your experience with people that donít know him. Your experience may give you a lump in your throat every time you tell it, but your story can give hope to the lost and the joy you have in Christ.

The goodness of God comes in many forms and is as diverse as Godís character. Gaining the knowledge of Godís character gives you a foundation to imitate in your walk with Christ. God could make a distinction between the righteous and the unrighteous, but has chosen to love his entire creation. Out of the goodness of his heart God sought a way to reconcile the unrighteous man to him and through Jesus Christ canceled the debt of sin once and for all. Yet, God would not force his way of life on others and offered man a choice to accept life through his Son. 

You may not think that life treats you unfairly, but as Godís child you are taught to overcome evil with good. Inside, you may be churning with the desire to get even, but peace is your priority because vengeance belongs to your father in Heaven.

Developing the goodness of God takes time but is well worth your time and effort. In the long run your productivity for your father will reap benefits beyond measure. Being effective for your father requires that you overlook the faults of other while you improve the areas of your character that God is working on. Everyone wants to be treated as someone who is important, respected and loved for who they are. Developing the goodness of God means that you must treat other people, as you want to be treated by them.  

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