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Goodness of God

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All God’s perfect qualities are made freely available to all for the benefit of the whole world.

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God alone is good

Mark 10:18 NLT
“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good.

God demonstrates his goodness

In his actions

Psalm 119:68 NLT
You are good and do only good; teach me your decrees.
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In his work of creation

1 Timothy 4:4 NLT
Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks.
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In his love

Psalm 86:5 NLT
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
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In his gifts

James 1:17 NLT
Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.
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In his promises

Joshua 23:14–15 NLT
“Soon I will die, going the way of everything on earth. Deep in your hearts you know that every promise of the Lord your God has come true. Not a single one has failed! But as surely as the Lord your God has given you the good things he promised, he will also bring disaster on you if you disobey him. He will completely destroy you from this good land he has given you.
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In his commands

Psalm 119:39 NLT
Help me abandon my shameful ways; for your regulations are good.
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God’s goodness is to be experienced

God is good to those who trust him

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God’s people can rely on his goodness

Jeremiah 32:40 NLT
And I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good for them. I will put a desire in their hearts to worship me, and they will never leave me.
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God works positively for good in unfavourable circumstances

Genesis 50:20 NLT
You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.
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God’s goodness is to be praised

Psalm 135:3 NLT
Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; celebrate his lovely name with music.
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