Romans 2:4”Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance and long-suffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
The first mention of the word goodness in the above passage is translated from the Greek word chrestotes (khray-stot-ace), and means kindness in action, sweetness of disposition, gentleness in dealing with others, benevolence, kindness, affability.
Chrestotes describes the ability to act for the welfare of those taxing your patience.
The word Chrestotes is also used in Galatians 5:22 translated as kindness which is one of the ingredients of the Fruit of the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit removes abrasive qualities from the character of one under His control.
In Jesus Christ our spiritual debt had been fully paid! So now the God of the universe, who could wipe us off the planet in a matter of seconds for not liking the way we run things here on earth, is now kindly postured towards us because He made the way of reconciliation between Himself and humankind.
GOD IS RICH IN MERCY.
As we experience God’s gentleness in dealing with us, we in return begin to feel and eventually act out of that same goodness towards even the undeserving person. After all, we did nothing to cause so great a salvation to come our way. If God who is rich in mercy can give us such pardon, how willing should we be to extend the same forbearance toward others?
There is also great reward that comes to one who is willing to live up to the standard of God’s Word.
Ps 25:13 says, Their soul will live in towb,(tobe), Greek for goodness, better, best, bountiful, cheerful, pleasant, and their children will inherit the earth.
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