GOD IS GOOD!
Ruth and I attend a wonderful church, Lancaster Evangelical Free Church, located just east of Lititz near our home. All of the pastors are committed to the lord-ship of Jesus Christ and the authority of scripture. Our leaders love each other as well as the congregation, and they constantly encourage us members to share the gospel with our oikos, our sphere of influence—family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
Senior pastor Tony Hunt has just returned from a sabbatical during which he took his first trip to Israel. Another pastor is now on sabbatical. Our elders recognize the need for and the wisdom of time for refreshing and renewal. Also, they have one of the other pastors or one of our elders preach about once a month to give Pastor Tony a break.
I think that these gracious staff policies reflect the goodness and kindness of God. Psalm 145 (one of my favorites, by the way) says in verse 9: “The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.”
Goodness is an attribute of God. An attribute is a trait that God has revealed to be true of Himself. The Bible teaches that God is eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, and holy. Many of His attributes are impossible to humans, such as His sovereignty, His immutability, and His moral perfection. But we CAN participate in and exhibit some of God’s ways. God is good, and He wants us to be good. His Holy Spirit resides in us to produce His character in us. I think that the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control—express the personality of Jesus. (Galatians 5:22-23) As we cooperate with the Spirit, He conforms us (Rom. 8:29) to the image of God’s Son. As I read the gospels, I am struck by the gentleness of Jesus as He deals with those who approached Him. His interaction with the woman at the well in Samaria, with the woman taken in adultery, the woman with the issue of blood who touched the hem of His garment, the lepers who sought healing, and children brought to be blessed clearly reveal His tenderness and compassion. Surely the Father wants us to have and manifest that kind of love.
It is vital for every believer to fellowship with those who stimulate us to become true disciples. So Ruth and I hope that you, too, are in a good church that faithfully preaches biblical truth and urges all who attend to allow Jesus to live His life in and through them. If you don’t, FIND ONE!
Additionally, we enjoin you to LONG to grow in Christ-like thinking and acting. Daily time with the Lord is essential. Even if you don’tlike to read, recordings of Scripture, sermons, and books are available. There are even whole Christian TV channels, and many ministries stream programs over the internet.
God promises, ”You shall seek me, and find me, when you search for me with all your heart.” God waits to be wanted; and His abundant rivers of blessing constantly seek vessels that yearn to be filled. “Ask, and it shall be given you.” (Matthew 7:7a) SELAH.
Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him,
Speak of His wonders. Glory in His holy name;
Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
Remember His wonders which He has done.
Wayne & Ruth