How does Scripture describe God's benevolence to believers and unbelievers alike?

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Scripture clearly gives us an understanding that God blesses his people, but that's not an exclusive blessing; it's not for us alone. There is very strong biblical teaching in both the Testaments that God pours out his blessing on the just and unjust alike. You know, Jesus makes it clear, the rain falls on both. Good things happen to bad people; bad things happen to good people, and vice versa. That all comes into the mix. And it's because God's grace over all creation is going to impact people even if they aren't following him and don't even believe that he's there. You know, Paul says that it's his kindness that leads us to repentance, and so, I think one of the ways that God wants to bring people to him is by pouring his grace out on them even when they don't believe in him. And even as followers of Christ, we are told to bless those folks, we're told to be an instrument in God's hands, to love our neighbor, to love our enemy, to serve them. And even back in the Old Testament, as Jeremiah tells the exiles in Babylon that they should work for the welfare of the city where they're held captive, because as the whole city is blessed, even as their captors are blessed, they will be blessed.

Answer by Dr. Dan Lacich

Dr. Dan Lacich is a pastor at Northland, A Church Distributed in Orlando, FL.