The children’s prayer that declares “God is good” is a simple way to teach children about the attributes of God. Despite such simplicity, that phrase contains a great depth of glory that encourages one’s meditation upon the goodness of God. Upon reflection, God’s goodness is that attribute that God demonstrates that He is kind, caring, and compassionate. He is full of goodness toward mankind. The embodiment of God’s goodness was Jesus Christ, whom angels heralded as the Person that presents “peace on earth, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). Throughout His earthly ministry, the Lord Jesus Christ was “moved with compassion toward the multitudes” and he “taught them many things” (Mark 6:34). The need for compassionate ministry was so vital that “Jesus went about all the cities and villages teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people” (Matthew 9:35).
It is evident that God’s goodness is the cause behind every blessing a person could receive. The Lord is sympathetic and tenderhearted. He calls His followers to reflect the same “good” characteristics. The Lord had compassion on the multitudes, but He opined of the scarcity of the laborers in His harvest (Matthew 9:36). Are there not Christians today who can similarly look compassionately upon the multitudes and tenderly share the glorious Gospel of Christ? The goodness of God is a daily reality for the Christian; shouldn’t that goodness be passed to others as Christians compassionately love their neighbor?
One of the most common ways in which Christians refrain from showing God’s goodness is through bitterness and unforgiveness. Relationships are harmed as a result, and God’s goodness is diminished among those professing Christ. The remedy is to “put away” all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, and evil speaking by showing kindness and a tender heart for others (Ephesians 4:31-32). When we remember the goodness of God as evidenced by the forgiveness offered to those who accept Christ then we should be motivated to show Christ-like forgiveness to others as well. No one is deserving of God’s mercy, just as others may not warrant mercy for their wrongdoing. While our flesh cries out for justice, the cross reminds of mercy.
The goodness of God is taught on every page of the Bible, and it underlies all aspects of His actions. It is infinite and boundless; it is constant and compelling. Let the prayer of every Christian be that they would emulate the goodness of God in every relationship as it underlies every aspect of their actions.
My Prayer for Today:
You are full of goodness and mercy. Thank You that Your mercies are new every morning! Your gracious compassion is so real and powerful; it has changed my life! I pray that You will help me to be more compassionate to those who need Your grace. I pray that you’ll help me to be a witness of Your Gospel, to teach those who are searching for you, and to assist people heal from the wounds of this world. Search my heart, and reveal to me if there is some bitterness that is damaging a relationship. By Your grace, help me to fix it by extending mercy. Help me to be the peacemaker in all my future endeavors by being gracious and full of compassion. Help me to always remember the cross, the great emblem of mercy and forgiveness. Empower me to undergird all my actions with goodness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.