Goodness is the very opposite of harshness, cruelty, gruffness, severity, mercilessness – all of which are far removed from God.  How unbecoming it is to have such thoughts about God!  Such sinful emotions are found in man.  The goodness of God, on the contrary, is the loveliness, benign character, sweetness, friendliness, kindness, and generosity of God.  Goodness is the very essence of God’s being, even if there were no creature to whom this could be manifested. – Wilhelmus a Brakel (1635-1711)

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