Psa. 86:5 For Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive,
And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon Thee.
I was praying through some characteristics of God yesterday and was thankful that God doesn’t choose to love us or forgive us or bless us with any of his character qualities because of our behavior. He gives himself to all who ask.
He isn’t faithful or gracious to us because we are good – or just when we are good.
He loves us and forgives us, gives grace, shows mercy, and on and on because that is who God is –
He IS love,
He IS goodness,
He IS compassion,
He IS forgiveness,
He IS grace,
He IS mercy – and so much more. . .
-and he bestows all of his characteristics on anyone who seeks him and asks (calls upon Him).
Permanently. Not temporarily like I might forgive, or show sympathy or empathy or kindness for another for a moment in time, or sometimes. over and over because, let’s face it, I am not capable of being good all the time. But God IS.
Pretty cool to think God is not only good when He feels like it, (or when He does something I see); God doesn’t only love when I “feel” that love; God isn’t only compassionate when He does what I hope He will do or give what I think I need, but God is good – all the time because he cannot be any other way!
God IS goodness.
This deeper step of understanding of God — I AM —gives new depth to the words of this song: