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Romans 2:4; Psalm 23:6

The Goodness of God surrounds and protects us as a shield and a buffer against the evils of this world. When we are first humbled by God and come to Him in repentance and faith, we realize that it is the goodness of God that has led us to repentance (Romans 2:4). As we grow in maturity we are able to reflect back with a richer experience of fellowship with the Good Shepherd and testify that “Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life” (Psalm 23:6). So God’s Goodness goes before us and leads us as well as follows after us.

We should live our lives in a constant state of contentment — satisfied with God alone. “For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, and the hungry soul He has filled with what is good” (Psalm 107:9). “How great is Your goodness, which You have stored up for those who fear You, which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You!” (Psalm 31:19) The end result is that we become like the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (who alone is Good — Matt. 19:17) and are “full of goodness” (Romans 15:14) because of the grace and mercy of our Heavenly Father.