A cliché, “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good” is one I hear many people saying quite frequently as I go about my day—even by people I never met. I know among my race, a lot of the women many times jovially, loudly, and joyously greet one another with this saying. Whoever was the first to proclaim it and begin its circulation started a good thing, because it is true. It’s one thing to say it, however, and another to really experience it. But everyone can know God’s goodness without measure because He lavishes in goodness and mercy.
Surely, the Bible, especially the Psalms, proclaims God as being good. It’s His nature. It’s not surprising then to hear in Acts 10:38 from Peter —a disciple who frequently traveled with Jesus–say, “With respect to Jesus from Nazareth, that God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil because God was with him.” So, you see, while here, Jesus wasn’t walking around living “high on the hog,” with his chest out and head lifted arrogantly high bragging about being God’s son. No! Jesus was living among people doing good for them.
Can you imagine always being and doing good and never having an evil or bad day? I wish, but we can’t, not here on Earth. Nonetheless, this is who God the Father is, and what Jesus Christ did for all people, all the time. Jesus relied on the Holy Spirit’s anointing and power to be this way. Wow!
It’s God’s goodness that chased you down and offered you His Son, Jesus Christ, whom you have accepted, or if not yet, you CAN receive right now if you believe the testimony about Him. Let’s follow Jesus and avail ourselves of this anointing and power from God’s Holy Spirit to be and do good to others. Surely, evil situations are escalating in our world so much so, the need is great for good people to emerge and apply a healing voice or touch to the situation.
CeCe Winans, also, in her “Believe for It” album sings about this Goodness of God. Listen! Thank Him! Spread it–God’s kind of goodness, that is! 🙂
Maybe you have never heard about Jesus Christ. This blog is your first-time hearing His name mentioned. Allow me to introduce Jesus Christ to you. One of the biblical authors, the apostle Paul, tells us good news about Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15:3-5 in the Bible, Paul says,
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve…”
Jesus was a real human being who lived and died on earth, my friend. This is not a fictional story. John 3:16-17 from the Bible tells us why Jesus came. It says,
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”
So, you see, Jesus came from God on a mission born out of love. Unlike others, God did not send Jesus to shake His finger in your face to scold you about how “bad” you are, or to stick his nose up at you to show how much your actions “repulse” Him. In fact, the intent was just the opposite.
Emanating from God’s heart of love for humanity, and His compassion and mercy which He has plenty of, God was propelled to send His Son, Jesus Christ–to save us from sin. The idea of humanity needing a savior is true. We do! Being “saved” from something suggests a problem or danger exists that we need to be rescued from. There’s something bad or negative lurking around in the shadows. Right?
Well, yes, there is a danger lurking around in our human hearts and world – it’s called “sin.” Sin is not something God likes or participates in. On the other hand, humans, unfortunately, have a natural proclivity for it. We were born in sin and have the instinct to partake of sin’s fruit. At one point, God recognized how humankind’s proclivity for sin and evil was so great, He relented (or regretted) that He had made mankind. That’s pretty saddening, I’d say. It says, in the first book of the Bible, Genesis chapter 6, verses 5-7,
“But the Lord saw that the wickedness of humankind had become great on the earth. Every inclination of the thoughts of their minds was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made humankind on the earth, and he was highly offended.”
We have an opportunity to understand here how God does take issue with sin (the word we hate to say); it is the problem or danger in us that stands in the way of Him and us. It’s in the way of us rightly relating with God because He is Holy and, as the younger generation would say, He’s “all good.” Yes, God is good and therefore sin must be faced, addressed, and dealt with in order to know Him.
Bing! This is where a Savior is key and Jesus Christ is important to get to know. Jesus Christ stood in the gap for you and me to handle this sin problem that offends God. Sin has a penalty—death–and somebody has to pay a price for it to stay in God’s company. This is what Jesus did. One time, for all, Jesus took the punishment for sin that humanity deserved so that we could become the righteousness of God. Jesus, a good guy, died a criminal’s death on the cross. The Bible says it this way in 2 Corinthians 5:19-21,
“In other words, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting people’s trespasses [sins] against them, and he has given us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making his plea through us. We plead with you on Christ’s behalf, ‘Be reconciled to God!’
God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.”
The good man Jesus, the Savior, took the fall for the bad guys (you, me, and the rest). We can, however, be reconciled (made right) before God right now and begin a relationship with Him because of the fall Christ took and the price Christ paid on the cross for our sins. Please, do so.
God wants us near and close to Himself, as family members. God, the Father wants you to know and experience His life. Simply believe and receive this truth about his Son, Jesus Christ—that He came as the Savior of the world and died, was buried, and rose again to bring you to God. He was more than just a religious prophet and teacher. In fact, Jesus Christ is the only One who can bring us to share in God’s eternal life, as Acts 4:12 shows us this about Jesus’ name. It says,
“This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, that has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among people by which
we must be saved.”
Don’t reject the message about Jesus Christ any longer. It is true. Believe and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior right now. Ask Him to come into your heart and give you God’s eternal life. Then the truth about what this eternal life is, as recorded in John 17:3, will immediately begin in you. It says,
“Now this is eternal life—that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.”
“Welcome…nice to meet you. Please, come in and have a seat at my table,” you will sense God saying, once you do! 😊