Last Sunday, I preached about the goodness of God in my church. I took examples and teachings from the scripture which encourage goodness. During my research, I realized the Bible mentions goodness in various verses. This made me wonder, “How many times is goodness mentioned in the Bible?”
The number of times the Word goodness is mentioned varies based on the Bible version. The Word goodness is mentioned 50 times in the king version, while in the NIV version, there are 20 mentions.
After my preaching, I felt I should share what the Bible says about goodness outside my congregation. One of the interesting subtopics I have covered is the goodness of God. Also, in the write-up below, I have highlighted ways one can recognize and taste the goodness of God. Read on to find out more.
What does the Bible say about goodness?
The scripture implies that goodness is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. In Galatians 5:22-23, the scripture lists the fruits of the Holy Spirit, goodness being one of the nine. Based on teachings of the scripture, it implies the fruits of the Holy Spirit are attributes Christians should live by.
The Bible suggests that goodness comes from God. In Luke 18:19, Jesus declares to the people that only God is good. The scripture implies that God acts according to what is good, right, and true. We can conclude that He is the standard for goodness. Therefore, it suggests that He sees the good in everything, which is how we should live.
In Matthew 5:16, the Bible implies that goodness should be something that other people see in you. As the scripture suggests, through other people witnessing goodness in you, they may be able to glorify God. The scripture alludes that we should thank God for all the goodness in the world.
What is the goodness of God?
The scripture implies that the goodness of God is a combination of God’s attributes. Matthew 19:16-17 gives the impression that it is how he is. It is in His nature to be good. In Psalm 34;8, the scripture suggests that in God lies goodness and blesses those who take refuge in Him. The goodness of God is the acts of kindness He shows us through the provision of life itself. He showed us His goodness through letting His only son die on the cross for our sins.
What are the benefits of goodness according to the Bible?
The scripture suggests that goodness is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, with it lies the provision of promises from God. In Deuteronomy 28:3, the Word of God implies that those who follow God’s command will receive blessings, and one of the commands from God is goodness. In Luke 6:45, the scripture gives us an idea of the benefits of goodness. It implies that those who do good will be rewarded with good while those who practice evil will receive evil in return.
Examples of goodness in the Bible
In Exodus 33:18-19, the scripture talks about God’s conversation with Moses. He proclaims to God that he will show goodness before the Lord.
In Galatians 5:22-23, the scripture highlights the fruits of the Holy Spirit; goodness, faithfulness, peace, love, joy, kindness, self-control, and gentleness.
In Psalm 27:13, the Psalmist proclaims that he shall see the goodness of God in the land of the living.
In Psalm 31:19, the Psalmist says that God has been faithful and has shown goodness to those who have shown fear and refuge in Him.
In Psalm 25:8-9, the scripture talks about God and his upright nature. That he has been able to guide those who follow Him and sinners the right way.
In Psalm 107:1, the Psalmist gives God all the praise and thanks for He is good. It also talks about His steadfast love, which lasts forever.
In Isaiah 53:4-5, Isaiah talks of the goodness of Jesus. He bore our sins on the cross, and through him, we are sanctified from all the wrongs and now healed.
In Nahum 1:7, the scripture talks about the goodness of God. It mentions that He is a stronghold during hard times and takes account of those who turn to him for refuge.
In Luke 12:29-32, the scripture talks about God’s intentions to give His children what they may need. Therefore, it says we should not worry about what we eat or drink. Instead, seek His kingdom, and all shall be provided.
In Lamentations 3:25-26, the scripture talks about what awaits quietly in God. It mentions that goodness awaits them.
Ways to recognize the goodness of God daily
See God’s goodness in people
For one to recognize the goodness of God, the scripture implies that we see it in those around us. God created everything with a purpose. Some are to guide others into faith and hope witnessed through their way of life.
See it through God’s forgiveness of sins
We often fall short of God’s glory, but He wipes away our sins through His goodness and mercies. As the scripture implies, He purifies us from unrighteousness.
In God’s providence
God is a loving and caring God. He provides for all our needs, and as the scripture suggests, instead of being anxious, we should worry less as He knows all our needs.
In God’s blessings
Try and count your blessings, and you will undoubtedly recognize the goodness of God.
Through answered prayers
Our God is good and does not leave our prayers unanswered. Look back at all your answered prayers, and you will see God’s goodness.
How to taste the goodness of God
Hearing and reading the Word
To taste the goodness, start by reading and hearing what it entails. This way, you open yourself to receive everything in store.
Believing in God’s goodness
In Psalm 27:13, the scripture suggests that to taste God’s goodness, you must begin by believing in its existence.
Renewing your mind
There’s a lot that our minds can do, and for you to taste the goodness of God, renew your mind. As the scripture implies in Romans 12:2, transformation occurs for those who renew their minds. Think positively and be ready to receive God’s goodness.
As a devout Christian, I have always been passionate about the Christian faith. This inspired me to pursue a degree in Religious studies and a Masters in Theology in college. I have also been privileged to teach 4 Christian courses in a college and university. Since I am dedicated to spreading the word of God, I am actively involved in the Church. Additionally, I share his word online and cover diverse topics on the Christian faith through my platform. You can read more about me on the about us page.