I want to look deeper into the goodness of God. I remember singing a little chorus back in the 70’s which emphasized the goodness of God. It was “God is so good, hallelujah, God is so good, hallelujah …” Many religious folks preach the severity of God. God is going to send you to Hell. However, Paul never uses the word hell, instead he says “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4 NKJV). It’s not the judgment of God or the severity of God that leads a person to change their mind about God. Repentance means a change of mind. It’s when people see the goodness of God, they are lead to change their mind about God. God loves you so much He sent Jesus to die for your sins. God is not mad at you. God offers you grace, free, unmerited, unearned, and undeserved. God’s goodness draws. Jesus is the answer. He said if we lift Him up, He would draw. It’s the finished work of Jesus—the goodness of God—that leads people to see the good God He is.
Second Corinthians 10:5 (KJV) gives a practical way to deal with our thoughts but are we following what it says? “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” We’ve said it before that many believers don’t know the authority and power they have through Jesus. They don’t recognize they control what thoughts they keep in their minds and hearts. Matthew 18:18 also gives guidance in allowing or forbidding things in your life. The more you mull over the negatives, the more you’re giving them place which leads you further down the pathway to fear, depression, or anxiety. I like how Christy Kyser Mitropoulos says it: “When thoughts, feelings, emotions, or beliefs present themselves to you, do you immediately ask yourself, ‘In light of the finished work of Jesus, is this something I should allow in my life?’” You have the ability to control what you allow or forbid to stay and develop in your thoughts and words. Walk in the overcoming power of God’s grace in you and release His Word into your situations.