“How we think about God determines how we respond to God”, (C. Ingram) which is why God doesn’t want to use fear or manipulation to cause us to draw near to Him, but rather He wants to reveal His goodness, love, grace and great kindness to us so that we can see Him for who He truely is.
The bible says that it’s God’s kindness that leads us to be able to come to Him, and to change in any way, and it’s His kindness that helps us overcome difficulties in our lives. The bible says, “it’s His kindness that leads to repentance“, (Romans 2:4) and the word used in the original Greek for repentance is to “change ones mind”. But any change occurs most fully when we have a revelation of God’s goodness towards us.
When we focus on knowing and then sharing with others just how good God is it makes us far more likely to want to choose Him and His ways in all we say and do. We come to realise just how amazing God is, and how everything else is a ridiculous alternative in comparison to Him and His way of doing life.
God doesn’t want us to live in fear of punishment or impending judgement, but instead to live with a consciousness of His grace and forgiveness. It’s that kindness that captivates our hearts and draws us away from the pursuit of the world and into heavenly things and a friendship with Him.
Today take some time to think on the goodness of God and the truth that He gave up everything for you so that you might know Him and be delivered from every evil. Know that He longs to wipe away the shame of your past, so that you can freely live the life He made you for. Rather than a fear of punishment let an understanding of God’s kindness and goodness lead and guide you in all you do, and in the way you relate to others.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17)
“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:4-9)
Prayer: Lord, thankyou for your goodness. Would you please reveal to me your kindness, and how good you are on a whole new level today. Let it transform me as I begin to understand just how much you love me, and help me to share that kindness with others today. In Jesus name Amen