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The Goodness of God

A little something to ponder today...

We think we understand the goodness of God - but do we really?

If one of us were truly given supreme authority over all people to do as he/she will - would we be just? Unselfish - serving others rather than pleasing ourselves? Would we really want to see such a thing given to any one man or woman? The power to kill or spare with perfect autonomy and without repercussions? Moreover, if (with this authority) we were also mantled with power to insert ourselves into the personal lives of everyone who breathed - and in ways that would doubtless cause them to tremble with holy fear - would we always be able to perfectly honor the free choice of the individual?

Get this - it's a great passage out of the greatest prayer ever uttered, as recorded in John 17..

"After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

'Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might..."

Hang on a sec - let's pause a moment to ask ourselves - how would we finish that sentence? Especially if we knew that the very people about whom we are speaking were about to torture us to death and hang us on a tree? Here's how Yeshua finished:

"...(that he might) give eternal life to all those you have given him.'"

God Almighty Himself - mantled with power that we will never understand or fathom - capable of destroying the world if He wished (without raising a bead of sweat) - thanking our Heavenly Father for the authority - to redeem - to save - and to love those for whom He was about to lay down His life.

Of course this grace is weighted with the great gift of free will and our responsibility to truly repent of our sins and believe - doing our very best to walk straight paths before Him. When we come to Him in true repentance, we are never turned away.

And for this reason I repeat what was written by a psalmist a thousand years before the days of Yeshua's flesh:

Give thanks to The Lord, for He is Good! His love endures forever!

Much love to you all today in Yeshua's Holy and Wonderful Name.

Mark Scott Grimmett GoldenLight Ministries

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