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Surely Goodness

What is goodness? It is God's mercy that endures forever. When sin abounds, God's grace does much more abound. Goodness is a love that goes beyond knowledge; it is forgiveness that forgets. Goodness is the power of God that will never give up on you until He perfects you (see Philippians 1:6; Psalm 138:8).

I want to know this kind of God. He takes the worst cases in the world and makes those people champions of grace and faith. God doesn't know Abraham after any of the sins he committed. God only knows him as a hero of faith and the father of children of faith. Jacob cheated and lied and stole his brother's birthright. But God only knew Jacob as a Spirit-filled man because he kept rebounding and getting up again. Of David, God says, "I only know that you followed Me. You failed, but you kept following Me. In My eyes, you never turned aside. You fulfilled My perfect will" (see 1 Kings 15:5; Acts 13:22).

That's how God sees each of us. He passes over the sins and iniquities of His people. When we fail and confess our sins, He uses the Blood to cleanse us (Hebrews 9:14).

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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