THE GOOD­NESS OF GOD

Activated - - NEWS - By Abi F. May

The good­ness of God en­dures con­tin­u­ally.— Psalm 52:1

Good things show up in our lives in a myr­iad of ways: friends and fam­ily, health and hap­pi­ness, a roof over­head and food on the ta­ble, the en­joy­ment we de­rive from mu­sic, art, and lit­er­a­ture. The Bi­ble teaches us that God is the ori­gin of th­ese bless­ings. “God’s gift to us is the hap­pi­ness we get from our food and drink and from the work we do.” 1 “What­ever is good and per­fect comes down to us from God our Fa­ther, who cre­ated all the lights in the heav­ens.”2 Th­ese gifts, as won­der­ful as they are, are just a small il­lus­tra­tion of God’s love. How easy it is, in the busy ac­tiv­ity of daily liv­ing, to over­look the great­est man­i­fes­ta­tion of God’s good­ness—His gift to us in the per­son of His Son, Je­sus Christ. “God so loved the world that He gave His only be­got­ten Son, that who­ever be­lieves in Him should not per­ish but have ever­last­ing life.” 3

We could say that Je­sus is the good­ness of God made flesh. And this gift leads to an­other: “The gift of God is eter­nal life in Christ Je­sus our Lord.”4 God didn’t have to send His Son; and Je­sus didn’t have to lay down His life for our sakes, but He did, and as a re­sult, we are el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive for­give­ness of sins and the as­sur­ance of an eter­nity in God’s loving pres­ence. With­out Je­sus’ sac­ri­fice, with­out His suf­fer­ings on the cross, with­out His death, with­out His res­ur­rec­tion and tri­umph over the grave, we would not have the prom­ise of ever­last­ing life.

For this ex­er­cise, take some time to thank God for His gift of sal­va­tion. Thank Him for send­ing Je­sus to die in your place. Thank Him for the gifts of for­give­ness and re­demp­tion. Use your own words, or you may like to say this prayer:

“Thank You, God, for send­ing Your Son, Je­sus, to bear the pun­ish­ment for all my mis­takes and short­com­ings. 5 Please keep my heart, mind, and life open to You, so that I al­ways re­mem­ber Your good­ness.” Abi F. May is an ed­u­ca­tor and author in Great Bri­tain, and an Ac­ti­vated staff writer.

Re­deemed—how I love to pro­claim it! Re­deemed by the blood of the Lamb; Re­deemed through His in­fi­nite mercy, His child, and for­ever, I am. —Fanny Crosby (1820–1915)

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