The unending goodness of God is in everything He does and everything He is. It is both the means to an end and the end itself, just as God is our constant companion on the road to His Kingdom and the Kingdom Itself.
His Goodness is our source of power.
It’s the greatest weapon at our disposal in the fight against evil. Defeating an enemy is the least efficient and effective method of dealing with him. True vengeance is to never see him as an enemy in the first place!
Remember: we are Christlike because we overflow with Him. We abound: we flourish. We are extravagant, lavish and profuse. Each and every situation that occurs is an opportunity to express the goodness of God.
Goodness is our mission statement.
Goodness is a reasonable response to a God who has been so astoundingly good to us. It’s not a discipline, it’s a delight.
We fill up on the goodness of God, and it keeps us in the land of the living on the toughest of days.
We have opportunities every day to display goodness to a world that is crying out for it. Our actions should be an encounter for people to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” One taste of His goodness renews the weary, comforts the brokenhearted and sets captives free.
Each and every circumstance is a resource to be mined, to display the goodness of God.
Yes, it’s a challenge, because God is challenging us – to live, think, speak and act in the goodness of God in every situation, regardless of context.
And yes, that challenge comes with an assurance that we will be taken for granted. We may be laughed at, thought naïve, considered to be foolish. I’ve never been bothered about that. We display a Christlike heart for the glory of God so that the world can “taste and see” the goodness of God, just as Christ did for us.
So my prayer for you today, echoes the words of Paul in Colossians 1:9-12:
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
We’re the physical evidence, the tangible proof on this planet that God is good. There’s no higher calling, and there’s no greater truth.
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