Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (Romans 2:4)
Paul tells us that it is God “goodness” that draws men and women to God. There are churches that portray Him as an angry and harsh God. This is error!
We serve a loving and merciful God but wrong teaching and wrong believing has hindered our relationship with Him.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)
God’s goodness leads us to repentance through the vehicle of His Word. Paul tells us that His Word is the “power” that brings men and women to salvation.
In Romans 10 we find that God uses the preaching of His Word to impart faith into the heart of a sinner which enables him or her to accept the free gift of salvation.
If God was the harsh taskmaster He is portrayed to be then why would He send His ministers to deliver the message of salvation? We need to reevaluate our beliefs and turn to His Word.
So we see that God’s goodness draws mankind to His free gift of salvation through the vehicle of preaching which delivers His Word that imparts faith. I recognize that these are dark times but He is faithful and will always supply our needs regardless of how dark the world around us becomes.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse … (Romans 1:18-20)
The “invisible things of him from the creation of the world” reveal God. God did not leave us without hope to drown in the ungodliness of this world. Every person intuitively is born with a knowledge of Him!
We serve a loving heavenly Father. He is not the source of our tragedies or suffering. When we think about His goodness and mercy shown to mankind through Jesus how could we ever think of Him as anything but love?
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. (1 John 4:7-12)
We have been laying a foundation to launch us into our study of the nature of God. It will not be possible for us to receive all that God has provided if we do not first gain a revelation of His goodness and love.
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