1. Many people live their lives with little regard to the goodness of God...
a. Unaware of how gracious God has been and is willing to be toward them.
b. Unaware of how their neglect will one day come back to haunt them.
2. Have you given much thought to the goodness of God?
a. The many blessings He bestows?
b. The consequences if you fail to respond properly?
[One passage of Scripture that ought to give us pause is the one written in Romans 2:4-11, in which Paul expounds upon "The Goodness of God." From verse 4, we can glean some things about...]
I. THE NATURE OF HIS GOODNESS
A. HIS RICHES...
1. He is rich in grace (unmerited favor) - Ephesians 1:7
2. He is rich in mercy (kindness, sympathy) - Ephesians 2:4
3. He is rich in supplying need - Philippians 4:19
4. He is rich in giving things to enjoy - 1Timothy 6:17
5. He is rich in the strength He provides the Christian - Ephesians 3:16, 21
B. HIS FORBEARANCE (PATIENCE, SELF-CONTROL, MERCY)
1. "Forbearance" (anoche) means "a holding back" - ISBE
2. We see God's forbearance...
a. In the days of Israel - cf. Psalm 78:38
b. In our present day (since the fullness of God's wrath has yet to come)
C. HIS LONGSUFFERING (TOLERANT)...
1. "Longsuffering" (makrothumia) describes “a slowness in avenging wrath" - Strong's
2. We see God suffering long...
a. In the days of Noah, prior to the flood - cf. 1Peter 3:20
b. In our present day, prior to the Day of Judgment - cf. 2 Peter 3:9-15a
[The Psalmist summarizes well the nature of God's goodness: "But You, O
Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth." (Psalm 86:15).