God Is Kinder Than You Think!
by Barry Bennett
“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32)
What if our lives are mostly a reflection of how we see God?
If you see God as easily angered, condemning, stingy, unwilling to let go of His blessings, or always wanting to test you, you will live like the slave of a temperamental master. You will never know if you are good enough.
What if God is kinder than you think? What if His reputation has been ruined by men who didn’t really know Him?
Let’s look at some verses that paint a different picture.
Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water,” (John 4:10).
— The gift of living water.
Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit,” (Acts 2:38).
— The gift of the Holy Spirit.
“They which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ,” (Rom. 5:17).
— The gift of grace and righteousness.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,”(Eph. 2:8).
— The gift of salvation by faith.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning,” (James 1:17).
— Every good gift.
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom,” (Luke 12:32).
— The gift of the Kingdom.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you,” (John 14:27).
— The gift of His peace.
"And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you,” (John 16:23).
— Whatever we ask in His name.
“As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature,” (2 Pet. 1:3-4).
— The gift of His promises and all things that pertain to life.
Will you believe in His goodness? Faith begins when God’s extravagant goodness is embraced. All you need has already been given. He is that good!