God is good
November 5, 2008 by Rick Osborne
God is good, and therefore what he does is good. Our children should understand that God created them for good things. His desire is to be good to our children, to give them good things, and to teach them and help them so that they can have a good life. God isn’t a mean and angry God: he’s good, kind, and loving, and he acts accordingly.
The Lord God is like the sun that gives us light. He is like a shield that keeps us safe. The Lord blesses us with favor and honor. He doesn’t hold back anything good from those whose lives are without blame. (Psalm 84:11)
Lord, you are good. You are forgiving. You are full of love for all who call out to you. (Psalm 86:5)
You are good, and what you do is good. (Psalm 119:68)
Even though you [people] are evil, you know how to give good gifts to your children. How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:11)
Every good and perfect gift is from God. It comes down from the Father. He created the heavenly lights. He does not change like shadows that move. (James 1:17)
We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. He appointed them to be saved in keeping with his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
God is good to us – and our children need to be good to others. Being good to others and doing good are keys to a successful, happy life. When our children’s intent is to do good to others, people see it in their lives and respect them, trust them, and want to be with them. When they do good to others, they feel great about themselves, and their confidence and self-image improve. They gain a feeling of fulfillment; they become more accepted, appreciated, and loved as members of our society; and others want to, and begin to, do good for them. In other words, God rewards them – and us – for doing good to others. “Good” makes life work.
Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up. So when we can do good to everyone, let us do it. (Galations 6:9-10)
Remind God’s people to obey rulers and authorities. Remind them to be ready to do what is good. Tell them not to speak evil things against anyone. Remind them to live in peace. they must consider the needs of others. They must be kind and gentle toward all people. (Titus 3:1-2)
Then those who have trusted in God will be careful to commit themselves to doing what is good. (Titus 3:8)
Don’t forget to do good. Don’t forget to share with others. God is pleased with those kinds of offerings. (Hebrews 13:16)
(RICK OSBORNE / Christian Author, Speaker & Bible Teacher)