By: Douglas M. Williams, Sr.
“The Lord God, merciful and gracious,
long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and
truth” (Exodus 34:6).
“The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord”
“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4)
“Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God; on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off (Romans 11:22).
The goodness of God means His kindness, benevolence, generosity, grace, mercy, compassion, etc.
The goodness of God is seen in the wonderful ways He provides for us. God “makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). God’s goodness is stated at James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” God provided for our salvation in the gift of His Son Jesus and in Him we enjoy all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3).
Psalm 31:19 refers to God’s goodness by stating, “Oh, how great is your goodness.” In repetition the song states, “God is so good…He’s so good to me. He answers prayer…he’s so good to me. He cares for me…He’s so good to me. I love Him so…He’s so good to me.” Surely we can all express our appreciation for the goodness of God by stating, “I know that God is good, because He has been so good to me.” God is good in His greatness, and great in His goodness all the time.
As Romans 2:4 states, the goodness of God should lead us to repent and obey God. But let us not forget the severity of God in that He is strict in His requirement of obedience.