We all like to think that we are good, even if our actions do not support how we feel. But what does being good mean? At times, good can be an overused word. Have you ever seen something and you were not sure what you thought? You couldn’t decide if you liked it or not but when a friend asked you about your experience your response was that it was good.
When we misuse the word good, we remove the value. The dictionary says that good means deserving of respect, honorable. How many times have you used the word good to describe something that was not deserving of respect? Well, when we start to think about God and who He is, we can say that God is good. Verses 8-9 of Psalm 145 tells us, “The Lord is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. The Lord is good to everyone. He showers compassion on all his creation.” When we read these verses, they prove that God is indeed good.
These verses demonstrate the characteristics of the person we would like to be. Sometimes we hurt and harm each other with our words and actions. The Lord is merciful; He treats us better than we deserve. He is compassionate; He actually cares about us! How many of us genuinely care for those around us? Can we be convicted of showing compassion to others? Instead, if someone steps on our toes, we want blood and might even plot revenge.
If we are honest, we can recall the times that we failed God; we decided our way was best. Even so, God loves us and is slow to get angry. The only way to describe that is good. Not OK or alright, but good. His goodness is part of who He is. We are His children so His characteristics need to be evident in our lives. In Galatians 5 when the Apostle Paul talked about the kind of fruit produced in our lives by the Holy Spirit, goodness was listed. Let us allow the Holy Spirit to produce fruit in our lives and we will honor God when we are good to each other.
Thought for Today: Friend, choose to do good.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.