The Goodness of God

And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God.
Mark 10:17-18, KJV

Only God is completely good in His nature and actions. His goodness includes all the positive moral attributes, such as grace, patience, and kindness.

Illustration: When the rich young ruler called Jesus “Good Master,” Jesus reminded him that only God could be properly referred to as “good.” The good that exists in the world around us truly reflects or expresses the goodness of God (compare Genesis 1:10). There is no other source of true “good.” When God revealed His name to Moses, He described Himself as being “abundant in goodness” (Exodus 34:6).

Application: The goodness of God is illustrated daily in our lives by the many good things that add comfort and enjoyment (James 1:17). Christians should be careful not to take these gifts for granted. (First Reference, Genesis 1:10; Primary Reference, Mark 10:18; compare Ephesians 2:8.)

Drawn from a Doctrinal footnote in the KJV Study Bible.

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  • Ify Ekwu says:

    God has been extremely good to me, my family, friends, my church members and SFI families.

  • Thank You Lord for Your goodness. You are ever good to me from my day one and You said You will never leave me and forsake me. Thank You Lord for Your recent blessing of good health to me specially and also to my family members always.

  • Dale Potter says:

    “For God so loved the world”… His love and goodness are boundless. When I returned home from Vietnam as a disabled veteran, I was in much pain for many years. Many times, I would take enough pain med’s to knock me out and when I awoke my body would be extremely sore inside and out from the ordeal. Not long ago, I had a chance to share my thoughts and experiences with a fellow Veteran and show to him in the Word of God, some basic scriptures concerning suffering and also the blessing that comes from it. Later, he replied to my email that he was no longer thinking the thoughts as before, but God had shown him that He was not finished with him yet and that he had more to do in this life before he would be called home….. This man has touched my heart and I ask for those who read this post to just pray a short prayer for this man and his family. Also, if you wish to include me, I would only ask that God would grant me knowledge and wisdom, that I can do His will for my life. Today like no other time in history, we all need to memorize 2Tim. 2:15 so that His Mercy, Grace, and goodness (Love) can be realized as never before in this evil world.

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