God Delights – in Goodness

God Delights – in Goodness

God Delights – in Goodness.

“God’s Message: Don’t let the wise boast about their wisdom. Don’t let heroes boast about their exploits. Don’t let the rich boast about their wealth. If you brag, brag about this and only this: That you understand and know me! For I am Yahweh Lord, and I practice mercy, justice, and righteousness on the earth. For in these virtues I delight, and I take pleasure in those who do the same thing.” (Jeremiah 9:24, MSG, NLT).

Fortunately, God delights in showing the truth of His character, His moral excellence. He takes pleasure in demonstrating His goodness and virtue because that is truly who He is, and because He wants people to know what goodness looks like in a sinful world. Being perfectly good is His very nature, and so is His desire to reveal that eternal purity. A vital way He call us to Himself is by manifesting His goodness on the earth. His goodness is a spiritual magnet… How can we not be attracted to pure goodness? And then to top it off, God is able through His virtue to empower us to live into His nature and display it in our lives. God enables us to partake of His virtuous nature and be His representative in the world, people who reflect His moral excellence. The goodness of God is the source of goodness in mankind. And it gives him great pleasure to see His goodness multiplied in His world. (refer to 2 Peter 1:3-5).

MERCY – “God delights in showing loving-kindness. Mercy is His specialty.” (Micah 7:18, MSG, NLT).

HUMILITY – “For you do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it. You do not delight in burnt offering. The fountain of your pleasure is found in the sacrifices of my broken heart before you. You will not reject my tenderness as I humbly bow down at your feet.” (Ps. 51:16, TPT, NKJ).

INTEGRITY – “Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, but He delights in accurate, just weights. The Lord detests people with crooked hearts, but He delights in those with integrity.”  (Prov. 11:1,20).

VIRTUE – “He has showed you, people, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God?”  (Micah 6:8).

LOYALTY – “What does the Lord require of you? He requires only that you reverently fear the Lord your God with awe, you obediently live in a way that pleases Him, that you love Him and serve Him with all your heart and all your soul.” (Deut. 10:12).

HONESTY – “Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight.”  (Proverbs 12:22).

 

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