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So, is GOD angry? Does He have a right to be angry with the evil being perpetrated throughout the world, against vulnerable people?
This episode examines GOD's anger. It may not be what you expect.
In this devotion on GOD’s Goodness, you will learn about how Jesus was not only sinless but also perfectly GOOD. He lived an exemplary life and died for us so that we could become children of GOD.
You may have heard that there is no such thing as a good GOD. But what does it really mean to be good? What are some examples of goodness in the Bible? How can we live a more righteous life, so that we can be called “good” too?
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Gritty Bible Devotions
Title: The Character of GOD - Is GOD good? – Part 1 of 3
Key verse: Luke 18:19 – ‘So Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, GOD.”’
Intro: If you read in the concordances of your Bibles the definitions of the words good/goodness/ Lord is good, good works, etc. you’ll see in the listings of those words:
GOD is good – all the time.
Our devotion in this episode is more for answering those who question where is GOD’s goodness in a world of so much suffering and pain.
Sin-stained minds logically ask “Why did a good GOD allow such as this: death, accident, disease, etc.?
Is He angry?
Skeptics of GOD being a good and loving GOD will point to Old Testament accounts of GOD instructing His people to utterly destroy their enemies, including putting to death every man, woman, child, and animal in a given area, or group of people.
Why would a good and loving GOD do such a thing?
Is He biased?
On another front, is there a problem with a sincere Christian standing in front of a congregation and making this statement: “GOD was good to me and healed me of my cancer?”
I ask this because how do we answer the pain of a parent whose 2-year-old child died of leukemia in light of the fact GOD does sometimes heal miraculously?
Does He hate us?
And last, in the Summary of episode 18, I look at ways we can call down the goodness of GOD for our lives and those we love, and for those who are on their way to hell.
And the worse description of hell I can think of is eternal separation from GOD.
Devotion focus: Is GOD angry? (Duet. 7:1-5)
Yes, GOD is angry. What is He angry about? With sin and the wickedness it produces.
There is an aspect of GOD’s nature we call His justice. Only a good GOD would care enough about the right thing always being done.
To ensure good is accomplished, His justice is brought to bear.
Listen carefully to these verses I’m going to read. GOD had a reason for His reactions to the evil infecting nations of those days to the point they were beyond recovery.
Deuteronomy 7:1 - "When the LORD your God brings you into the land which you go to possess and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you,
Deu 7:2 – “and when the LORD your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them.
Deu 7:3 – “Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son.
Deu 7:4 – “For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to se