“Remember, O Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from old. Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you are good, O Lord.”
Psalm 25:6-7, NIV
If God were only great, he could be capricious in the execution of His work. Since God has revealed and demonstrated that He is good, we can love Him and trust Him to care for us. The Bible teaches us about God’s goodness by describing Him as moral and loving.
God is moral in the sense that He is holy, pure, and righteous. God is set apart and unique. There is no one like Him. Everything that is associated with God is made holy by association with Him. The Bible asks, “Who is like you, O Lord?” (Psalm 35:10) And of course the answer is “no one.” God is holy, holy, holy. He is perfect in His holiness. God is so holy that He does not even look upon sin or evil. God is also righteous. Righteousness is God’s holiness applied to His relationships. He works according to His law, and His law is perfect and holy because it represents who He is. The law of the Lord is perfect because God is perfect and the law represents exactly what God is.
The Bible teaches us that God is good because He is the essence of love. Most people think of God as loving. However, we must be reminded to not think of God as love and only love. God is love but love in perfect balance with all the rest of His qualities. God has taught us that His love is benevolent because God is concerned about people. God’s love is gracious because we did not deserve to be objects of His affection, yet we are. His love is merciful because God is tenderhearted and compassionate toward people. And God’s love is persistent in that it pursues us even when we have rejected God.
QUESTION: How do you think of God? Do you have a complete picture of God as revealed in the Bible?