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Dear Friend;

Do you fear God? The Bible says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10). What would you say if I told you that the reason you should fear the Lord is because He is good? In fact, not only is that the reason to fear the Lord, but it is the most terrifying thing in scripture. You may ask what is so terrifying about that, you probably take comfort in the Goodness of God. We all know certain people, because of some of the things they do, we consider them to be a good man or woman. That is our problem; we have a twisted way of defining who is good, we simply compare ourselves to other people. You see God doesn’t just do good things; God is good, He has no comparisons! All that is good comes from God; anything outside of God is evil. God is good! Why is it so terrifying that God is good? Because we are not! “No one is good but One, that is God” (Mark 10:18). Just take a look around this world and you will know that something is terribly wrong, it is us, we break the laws of God every day; we all do, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Since God is good what is evil cannot dwell with He who is good. Some people get angry and I have heard some question the goodness of God asking in a statement format. “If God is good how can he send people to hell?” Well my friends, people go to hell because God is good, and we are not. So let us define evil; evil is the absence of God (all that is good). So what do you have in the absence of God? Absolute evil, hell is the absence of God, the absence of good, “outer darkness” (Matthew 8:12). It is terrifying to know that God is good, because we are not. He who is good cannot dwell with the wicked, because God is good He cannot commune with the wicked, He who is good cannot call the wicked to Himself.

“He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord” (Proverbs 17:15). The biggest question in scripture is if God is a good and just judge, how does He show mercy to the wicked? If God showed mercy to the wicked He would be neither good nor just, and if He is just then He is not merciful; but scripture tells us that God is just, and God is merciful. How can He be both? That is why I cannot stop talking about Jesus Christ; the answer is in the cross of Jesus Christ. “God is love” (1John 4:8), so He became a Man, “and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). He lived a life without sinning and went to the cross at the command of God the Father and took upon Himself the sins of all mankind, He bore it all, the full wrath of God for sin, the full measure to satisfy God’s anger against sin. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). God the Father, treated His only begotten Son Jesus Christ who never sinned, as if He had committed all of our sins, “for the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23); and offers us as a free gift eternal life with God the Father that Jesus alone deserved. He was dead and buried then three days later arose from the grave defeating death proving who He is; Jesus could do this because He is God. How do you except this free gift of everlasting life in Jesus Christ; through repentance and Faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

Repent, and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and be saved!

Mike Peek

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