Are You a Good Person?
My second-grade report card defined B as good and A as excellent. I had at least one B+, which means, at times, I was better than good! I even had a couple A’s in penmanship which makes me suspect that my teacher’s eyesight was not better than good!
Biblical goodness dwells on a higher plane than the goodness of ice cream. In Life’s Ultimate Question I describe human goodness as unimpressive because it cannot measure up to God’s goodness standard, the life of Jesus Christ.
In the Old Testament, human goodness is rarely mentioned in a positive light. By contrast, God’s goodness is called worthy of praise four times in Psalm 107 alone. He is abundant in goodness and truth (Exodus 34:6). Repeatedly, God’s goodness is exalted and described in glowing terms. It shines gloriously like the sun. Goodness expresses how God relates to His people. He has laid up great goodness for those who fear Him (Psalm 31:19).
Goodness is choosing right and moral good while rejecting wrong and moral evil. God is actively, aggressively, and zealously committed to doing good, like white blood cells fighting an infection. He takes the initiative in helping us (Romans 5:8). God’s mercy, graciousness, patience, forgiveness, and justice all express His goodness.
Goodness is more than abstaining from evil. It is knowing and doing the right thing. We display God’s goodness when we are merciful, forgiving, gracious, just, patient, generous, and morally pure. We show it through a compassionate heart that relieves the suffering of all kinds of people, especially fellow believers (Galatians 6:10).
God oozes goodness and wants us to do the same (Exodus 34:6). Our goodness flows out of a life right with and yielded to Him. The Holy Spirit in us produces it (Galatians 5:22-23). Virtue and helpfulness characterize it. It draws other humans to God like iron to a magnet (Matthew 5:16). We are goodness magnets! We are most useful, not on the refrigerator doors of sanctuary seats, but on the highways and byways of life. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources #goodness
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