April 10, 2019 –
- Value Opposed to Evil, Intractable (hard to deal with)
“Goodness” is doing good for others, usually liberally. It is active, not passive. Goodness is the constant, eternal, endless desire, not only to have worthy motives but also to help those with needs. True goodness is the measure of our intentions and our deeds, not the results. We can trust God with the results; Christians are called to be doers. Sincere, genuine acts of goodness are, as author Phillip Keller said, “totally distinct from the so-called ‘good works’ done to gain merit.” The test of whether an action is driven by the goodness value is who receives the praise.
Matthew’s Gospel provides an excellent example of goodness. Matthew quotes Jesus:
34 Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35 For I was hungry
and you gave Me something to eat;
I was thirsty
and you gave Me something to drink;
I was a stranger, and you took Me in;
36 I was naked and you clothed Me;
I was sick and you took care of Me;
I was in prison and you visited Me.
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or without clothes and clothe You? 39 When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You?’
40 “And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’
(Matthew 25:34-40, HCSB).
Commit today to acquire the value of GOODNESS. Scripture says, “The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God” (3 John 11).
Core Values Affirmation: “My daily walk reflects GOODNESS because I am a good person.”
Bible Verse. “Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:7, 8. HCSB).