April 1, 2019
By Steve King
Do you believe God is good?
We faced that question head on this past Sunday as we explored Jesus’s words in Matthew 7:7-12. Jesus commands us to seek God (“ask…seek…knock” (v. 7)) and practice the Golden Rule (“treat people the same way you want them to treat you” (v.12)), building His exhortations on the goodness of God (if evil people can give good gifts to their children how much more will a good God give good gifts to His children? (v. 11)). We discovered from this text a challenging theme: Believers who cling to the goodness of God constantly seek Him and constantly do good toward others.
This week feed your faith on the goodness of God by dwelling on the following passages:
- “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (total satisfaction) for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
- “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8).
- “If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” (Rom 8:31b-32).
- “Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good” (Rom 12:21).
- “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma” (Ephesians 4:32-5:1).
- “How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you have wrought for those who take refuge in you, before the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19)—Lindy Wolner (one of our elders) shared this one with me after worship
After feeding your faith, then practice expressing your faith: talk to your heavenly Father all the time and take every opportunity to do good to others.
Remember, as a believer in Christ you are on God’s redemption and restoration team and we are children of the ultimately good Father. Let’s act like it in the power of the Holy Spirit!