Health Food – January 21

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God’s Goodness and Mercy

O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. — PSALM 107:1

When we think about the goodness and mercy of God, we instinctively think about His goodness and mercy in remitting our sins as sinners and forgiving our sins as Christians. But God’s goodness and mercy go further than that; it’s stated a number of times in the four Gospels as those who were sick cried out to Jesus, “Have mercy on us” (Mark 10:47).

Again and again, Jesus had compassion on people and healed them (Matt. 14:14; 20:34; Mark 1:41). Now the New Testament was originally written in Greek. And in the Greek, the word “compassion” is translated mercy. So literally, the original Scriptures read, “He had mercy on them and healed them.” That’s what Jesus did. People cried out for mercy, and He had mercy on them and healed them.

I want you to think about God’s goodness in healing—about His healingmercy. Acts 10:38 says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.” What was the good that Jesus went about doing? He was healing all that were oppressed.

Think about the fact that God is good, not only to save, but to heal. He’s merciful, not only to forgive, but to heal. He wants to heal you just as readily as He wants to forgive your sins.

Confession: For the Lord is good, and His mercy endureth forever. He wants to heal me just as readily as He wants to forgive my sins.

Source: Health Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications. Copyright © 2002, 2007 Rhema Bible Church aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.

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