The Good Father
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begottenSon, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." - John 3:16
Knowing everything about us, who we are, what we will do, whether we will accept his son or not he loved us. For God so loved the world.
For everybody who will ever walk the earth, the gift of salvation has been made available through Jesus' sacrifice. It waits patiently until we say, Lord Jesus, I need you, save me.
The Lord waits for us as we go about our own ways, patiently, long-sufferingly, even showing us his goodness in other ways. Before we come to Christ we may live relatively "happy" lives, we are healthy, we have provision, we could almost be so self-deceived to think - "what more could I possibly need?"
Our sins are justifiable – everything appears well as we carry on with lawless lifestyles in lawless communities just as it seemed ok for the younger son to ask for his inheritance and head off for a far country convinced in his own mind that there was better out there he left the Father’s house..
The goodness of God is everywhere, scripture says, our Father in heaven causes the son to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous..
God’s goodness towards us is for a purpose. The Lord’s goodness, his kindness, patience and forbearance is intended to lead us to repentance (Romans 2:4)
While we were lost and powerless, God had already been good to us, he had already provided everything we need in Christ and he was just waiting for us to come and take it. Just like in this story from Luke 15, the good father is waiting for the younger son to come home, to turn around, to repent, scripture says, “but when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.”
In the younger son’s return we see an expression of God’s grace and his mercy.
We see mercy where by the younger son does not get the punishment he deserved. And we see God’s grace, his unmerited, unearned, undeserved favour where by the younger son gets something he did not deserve – he is given, a ring, a robe and sandals and there is celebration
When we consider what God has done from the times of old to this day and daily in our own lives surely all we can do is celebrate his mercy, his goodness, his loving kindness. God’s love endures forever, his loving kindness endures forever. (Psalms 118, 136)
By his grace we receive freely the blessings of salvation without any work on our part, he sent his son Jesus to die for the whole world, faith in him sets us up to enjoy the best of God’s goodness and mercy in which he counts us forgiven, justified and at peace with him. (Romans 5)
"Understanding and imitating God’s goodness is so closely tied in with our identity. The foundational strategy underlying every battle of the mind that we face is this reality – the enemy wants to challenge your ability to trust in God’s goodness. If he can get you to doubt even an inch that God is ready to provide for you, help you, deliver you, heal you.. if the enemy can cause you to think that God is withholding something from you just like he did with Eve, he gains ground over you."
God is good and only good. Scripture says in him there is only light and no darkness.
Praise be to God who is always waiting as a loving Father, waiting for the prodigals to come home, he will go to the great extent of running towards us when we make that first step toward him in repentance.
Praise God who comes outside to reason with our stubborn, unbelieving hearts, sending us preacher after preacher to help us understand that he is a good God. Even sending his only begotten son, who stepped outside of heaven and into our fallen world to physically demonstrate to us the Father’s love.
God loves every person he created, our response to that love is to accept his son, receive the free gift of salvation and spend eternity with him in a place where he has prepared all things for our enjoyment.
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