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McMahon, T.A.

The “Good” of Romans:8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

This is one of my favorite Bible verses in terms of my confidence and encouragement in the Lord. It tells me that as a believer in Jesus I can respond confidently to someone who says, “How’s it going?” by saying, “It’s all good.” Wait a minute! Could everything that’s going on in my life truly be all good? Not for anyone this side of heaven, at least in the way some misinterpret the verse.

What it is saying is that all things (meaning all things) that take place in a believer’s life God will use for the spiritual growth of the believer, which may include trials, tribulations, blessings, convictions, sins (which need to be repented of), mercies, death of loved ones, persecutions, prosperity, witness opportunities, rejections, etc. The “work[ing] together for good” means that good will always come and bear fruit when I respond to whatever my situation may be in a way that is pleasing to God. Confidence in that truth will not only heighten our joy in the blessings of God but will sustain us through the worst of tragedies. That makes it truly “all good.”

T. A. McMahon
Executive Director