My husband developed an atheistic worldview at a relatively young age. His family had some challenging run-ins with radical Christians and, by the time we became friends in highschool, he was very turned off by those who claimed to love Jesus. So often, our desire to achieve goodness turns our good intentions into judgmental elitism.
Goodness: The state of being good; the physical qualities which constitute value, excellence, or perfection.Noah Webster
In order to strive towards excellence and perfection so that it positively impacts those around us, we need to look to Scripture. God does not say in His Word, “As I have truthed you, so you must truth one another.” No, He says, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34-35)
We can try and label ourselves as being ‘good’ through our actions. But, goodness is not simply a series of actions, it’s the process of transforming our prideful selves into humble servants. It’s treating others with mercy. It’s replacing blame with forgiveness. It’s caring, not condemning – and loving God and loving others is the first step to this life long transformation.
Because of authentic relationships with loving Christians, the walls around my husband’s heart began to crumble and he eventually joined the ranks of people who know and love Jesus. But I often wonder how his early view of God might have been different if he had been loved instead of judged.
In love, let’s pursue goodness by looking to the One who is good.
Monday: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. – 1 Chronicles 16:34
Tuesday: The Lord is good to everyone.He showers compassion on all his creation. – Psalm 145:9 NLT
Wednesday: “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. – Mark 10:18 NLT
Thursday: Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! – Psalm 34:8 NLT
Friday: You are good and do only good; teach me your decrees. – Psalm 119:68 NLT
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