“Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fall, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off” (Romans 11:22).
“Good and upright is the Lord” (Psalm 25:8)
“For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon you” (Psalm 86:5).
“The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord” (Psalm 33:5).
“The goodness of God endures continually” (Psalm 52:1).
“So Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but one, that is, God” (Mark 10:18).
As the above verses indicate, there is so much said in the Bible about God’s goodness, and that is the emphasis of this writing. But the Bible also says much about the severity of God, and how He punishes the disobedient. At Romans 11:22, Paul was writing to Christians telling them of God’s goodness and blessings to them as they continued faithful but reminded them of His severity if they fell away from faithfulness to God.
The goodness of God refers to His love, kindness, benevolence, generosity, etc., but on the other hand, His severity means His demand for obedience, rigid conformity to His will, His strictness and intensity, etc.
God is good all the time in His goodness toward us. The song states that “God is so good. He answers prayers; He cares for me; I love Him so; He’s so good to me.”
James 1:17 tells us, “Every good gift and perfect gift is from above.” Matthew 5:45 tells us that God “makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.” God loves and blesses all with His material blessings, but His spiritual blessings in Christ are for those who are obedient to Him (Ephesians 1:3). To enjoy these spiritual blessings we must become a Christian, a follower of Christ by our faith in Jesus as God’s Son, repenting of our sins, confessing our faith before men, and being baptized into Christ.
As we think of God’s goodness to us, and especially the gift of His Son (John 3:16), it should cause us to want to obey and live for Jesus. Romans 2:4 states it this way, “Or do not despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance.”
The goodness of God that leads us to become a Christian should cause us to always be faithful to Him, and He will take us to heaven at the end of our journey on earth. – Douglas M. Williams, Sr.