Barbara Higby

Goodness Unmatched

Let’s Talk about Grace

I can’t comprehend grace. The truth and beauty of it is too great for me, so I’ve created five bite-sized nuggets and they are still more than I can digest. I’m aware of the inadequacy of my words, of my stretch to pen wonder on a page, but I think it’s worth the effort. I think the more we meditate on grace, the greater our marvel and appreciation will be. These bite-sized nuggets are in an anagram (of course) so let’s begin with Goodness of Grace.

The absolute, pure goodness of God’s grace is not comparable to human goodness, even at its best. The goodness God gives from and by His grace is unmatched because of its extravagance and undeservedness. It’s unearned, unmerited, unfathomed—words we will use as we grapple with the richness of grace.

God has so much goodness for us He has it stored up, waiting to be distributed. Really! Look at Psalm 31:19: “How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.” As much as we enjoy the goodness of others, no one stores it up for us.

We dispense goodness to those we love or to those who have been good to us. God pours out His goodness—elaborate, unmatched goodness—even when we ignore, shun, or turn a deaf ear to Him.

And His goodness is relentless—it follows us around: “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life”(Psalm 23:5). Every time we turn around, there it is, God’s goodness and love pursuing us. This extravagant goodness comes from His extravagant generosity—given from the abundance of His parental love.

No wonder the psalmist asked, “How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me?” (Psalm 116:12) Peter offers an answer:

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness” (2 Peter 1: 5).

Today, share God’s goodness.

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