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The Good God // The Weekend Brew

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Do you believe that God is always good?

Good: virtuous, righteous, upright, moral, blameless, honorable, respectable, noble, trustworthy, praiseworthy.

When we look around, listen to the news, interact with people near and dear to us who are suffering, it’s often hard to comprehend that there is a good, kind, just and loving God who cares deeply for mankind. There is pain, sadness, disappointment and despair in this world. But if we dwell too long on the negative, our view of a good and just God will become cloudy and we can begin to question who He is.

So let’s take a look at the goodness of God in His Word, shall we?

God is GOOD and He is good to ALL mankind.

“The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made” (Psalm 145:9)

Everything that God created is GOOD.  We must look for the good in all things.

“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving” (1 Timothy 4:4)

God gives GOOD gifts to His children. That’s you and me!

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17)

There is GOOD to be found even in hard circumstances.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)

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“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8)

Beloved, are you struggling to see the goodness of God in your circumstances today? Reflect on these promises above and know that God is good and just and His mercy endures forever.

*This post is part of a month-long series the The Attributes of God, AtoZ. Click here to read more posts in this series.

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40 Comments

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    Ifeoma Samuel
    April 11, 2015 at 1:33 am

    Thank God for His goodness. Thank you Barbie for the link up.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Ifeoma Samuel recently posted..Everyday We Get That Chance!

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 7:50 am

      Thank you for stopping by Ifeoma. Have a blessed week!

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    Michele Morin
    April 11, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Barbie, we so need reminders of God’s goodness, because our hearts are so uncertain about what “good” means. Blessings to you this weekend, and thanks for hosting this link up.
    Michele Morin recently posted..Unexpected Life

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 7:51 am

      That is such a truth Michele. Thank you for stopping by and linking up!

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    Denise
    April 11, 2015 at 3:10 am

    Amen Barb >>>>>”There is GOOD to be found even in hard circumstances.” ♥ God is able to work through conditions and bad situations to fulfill His purposes in our life and in the world. When we experience suffering, we can respond in faith and trust God to work all things together for good! ♥

    Have a beautiful and blessed weekend!
    Denise ♥
    Denise recently posted..Hot, Cold, or Lukewarm?

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 7:52 am

      Always such a joy to see you here Denise!

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    Michelle Anderson
    April 11, 2015 at 5:12 am

    Amen to this!
    Michelle Anderson recently posted..The One Where I Stop Chasing The Football

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 7:52 am

      Have a blessed week Michelle!

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    Debbie @ Bible Fun For Kids
    April 11, 2015 at 5:32 am

    Thank you for hosting!
    Debbie @ Bible Fun For Kids recently posted..Jesus Spell-It-Out Wall Letters

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 7:52 am

      Thank you for stopping by and linking up Debbie!

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    Carmen Horne
    April 11, 2015 at 5:47 am

    I love this series you are doing Barbie. Beautifully written. And, a good reminder of all the goodness in God. Blessings friend!
    Carmen Horne recently posted..The Blame Game Can Be Deadly

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 7:53 am

      I am glad you are enjoying the series Carmen. Have a blessed Sunday!

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    Abby McDonald
    April 11, 2015 at 7:11 am

    It is so easy to fall into that pattern of thinking that because life is spinning out of control, God must not be good or present, caring or compassionate. Thank you for this reminder that He is good, faithful, and true, Barbie. He and his Word never change or fail.
    Abby McDonald recently posted..When You Long For a Change

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 7:55 am

      That’s so true Abby. Which is why it’s important to remember who He is and to keep our eyes on Him. Looking forward to reading your post.

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    Joanne Viola
    April 11, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Barbie, this has been such a wonderful series. This right here so so good >>> “There is good to be found even in hard circumstances.” Amen! There is good to be found even in hard circumstances because even in hard circumstances God is with us! So very encouraging! Blessings!
    Joanne Viola recently posted..5 To Keep Us Brave

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 7:55 am

      AMEN! He never leaves us and He is ALWAYS good!

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    Mary Geisen
    April 11, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Beautiful Barbie!
    I especially loved the verse from James 1. I have read it before but for some reason it really resonates with me today that every good and perfect gift comes from above. Our lives are full of gifts from God which we don’t always recognize because we are caught up in what is wrong instead of what is right in our lives.
    Thank you for giving me a reason to thank God for His goodness today. Love you!
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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 7:56 am

      It is all about perspective, isn’t it? Even in the most trying of circumstances, He leaves us good gifts to find, hidden treasures, if we would but open our eyes. Hugs!

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    Cathy
    April 11, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Thanks for sharing these truths with us today. God is Good! : )
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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 7:57 am

      Thanks for stopping by Cathy!

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    Ginger Harrington
    April 11, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I’m so thankful God is good. Truly believing this calms our heart when the hard things barge in our world. Thanks for this encouragement today!
    Ginger Harrington recently posted..Do You Feel Far Away From God?

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 7:57 am

      May your week ahead be filled with His goodness Ginger!

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    June
    April 11, 2015 at 10:14 am

    I’m really enjoying this series, Barbie. A good reminder that Truth must reign over our feelings and emotions, sometimes even over what we “see” – we must remember what Is. Have a blessed day!

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Yes! Keeping our eyes on Jesus and focused on His promises will help us to see His goodness in our lives.

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    Lux Ganzon
    April 11, 2015 at 11:37 am

    Oh, yes! He is good even when we are not. We are not the prodigal children, He is our prodigal Father. For He loves us with no limits and no reservations. 🙂

    Have a fantastic weekend, Barbie!

    Thanks for leaving us another wonderful link up party for the weekend.
    Lux Ganzon recently posted..Sunday Will Come!

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Always a joy to have you Lux!

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    Tara
    April 11, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Your post reminded me of a quote from the beautiful Miss Kara Tippetts. Kara said, “The absence of suffering in my life is not my good. The nearness of God is my great, great good!” AMEN!
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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Oh sweet Kara! I could visit her blog and grab such much wisdom.

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    Laurie Collett
    April 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Praise God for His goodness, compassion, and infinite love! Thanks for the beautiful post & for hosting & God bless!
    Laurie Collett recently posted..The Lord’s Supper: Before, During and After

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 8:00 am

      Thank you Laurie! Have a blessed week.

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    Beth
    April 11, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing these inspirational words to us, Barbie–yours as well as those amazing verses from scripture! I don’t know how we can be as insecure as we often are, when God is so clear about His love for us. Thanks so much for the linkup!
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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 8:00 am

      AMEN! Thank you for stopping by Beth!

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    Elizabeth
    April 11, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Good word, Good WORD! Thank you!
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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 8:01 am

      Have a blessed week Elizabeth. May His goodness chase you down!

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    Kia Stephens
    April 11, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    “There is GOOD to be found even in hard circumstances.” Barbie this is such a simple truth yet, at times it is difficult to embrace. Thank you for your reminder that God is good.

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 8:01 am

      Thank you Kia. It’s something I have to constantly remind myself up. So glad you stopped by today.

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    Holly Barrett
    April 12, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Yes indeed, He is good, all the time. It’s hard to see when circumstances are not as we would like. But those are the times when we have to trust the goodness of His heart towards us, even when we can’t see how His hand is moving in our situation. Thanks for the encouragement, Barbie!
    Holly Barrett recently posted..Get your ticket to participate in God-life

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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 8:02 am

      AMEN sister! Always brings a smile to my face to see you here.

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    Nannette and the Sweetheart
    April 12, 2015 at 7:31 am

    God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good! Even when we don’t see it…He is there, in control. That brings me great comfort. “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.” Psalm 94:19. Thank you for the great linkup Barbie, be blessed! ♥
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      Barbie
      April 12, 2015 at 8:02 am

      Yes and AMEN Nannette!

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