AS MUCH IN THIS LIFE AS WE SEE A PROBLEM OF EVIL, THERE ALSO IS A PROBLEM OF GOOD. GOOD IS NOT A PROBLEM IN AND OF ITSELF. THE PROBLEM IS……. WE DON’T SEE IT OR HEAR ABOUT IT.
Just watch the daily news…….evil is highlighted and shown over and over and over, 24 hours a day. Actually, it becomes a broken record! Do you see any stories of “good”?
The news wants you to believe that the world is going to hell and a handbasket…….but what about the good and beautiful and lovely? Could it be that if you show the good, then you prove there is a good GOD??
OUR GOOD GOD HAS NOT LEFT US…….
JOHN 14: 18-19 “I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU AS ORPHANS; I WILL COME TO YOU. YET A LITTLE WHILE AND THE WORLD WILL SEE ME NO MORE, BUT YOU WILL SEE ME.”
Our world doesn’t see HIM and our world doesn’t want to see a good GOD, only a GOD who punishes and ignores our condition. JESUS told those who believed and followed HIM that HE would not leave them……..ever. That was true then, and it is true now.
If you see the good around you and you see your fellow believers being HIS hands and feet in our world…….there is good, and grace and mercy being spread all around. I choose every day to see HIS good around me, not as the world sees, but as CHRIST sees. We all have to recognize that we are sinners, and the only good in us, is the Holy Spirit within us. We are at war in our flesh, we sin and are evil, but our GOD is a good GOD, a holy GOD.
Do you look for the lovely in your sphere of influence and are you the good and grace in your world? Could it be as simple as treating others as we would like to be treated? I remember learning the Golden Rule in kindergarten – do you? I think in our world now, we have lost this thinking – people don’t even try to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. No one shows compassion, or empathy for their fellow man. Everyone thinks they are the only one who is right. We are at war with each other and the media loves it!
JESUS spoke about the GOLDEN RULE in HIS Sermon on the Mount……..
MATTHEW 7:12 “SO WHATEVER YOU WISH THAT OTHERS WOULD DO TO YOU, DO ALSO TO THEM, FOR THIS IS THE LAW AND THE PROPHETS.”
It’s that simple……do unto others. Make sure your doing is full of grace and mercy too. We never know the burden someone is carrying, only GOD knows that one. Because HE sees into the hearts of men when we can’t. But we all carry those hard things around that life has handed us. Let us assume with one another that we ALL are broken! We have to decide how we will love or hate our fellow man who is no different from us. It doesn’t matter what color we are, or what we think, or what we own. GOD sees us all the same…….at the foot of the CROSS…….. there is level ground!
Let the good in the world be YOU! Be the one who humbles himself or herself, and do the job no one else will do, be kind, be honest, be thankful, turn the other cheek if someone is nasty to you. It is very very hard to turn the other cheek, but we were commanded to do so……..
MATTHEW 5: 39 “BUT I SAY TO YOU, DO NOT RESIST THE ONE WHO IS EVIL. BUT IF ANYONE SLAPS YOU ON THE RIGHT CHEEK, TURN TO HIM THE OTHER ALSO.”
Be the LORD’S hands and feet. Fight for the good…….fight for the GOSPEL…….fight for HIS TRUTH…….fight for peace and love and all good things.
Persevere my friends. Remember we are not alone, GOD has NOT abandoned us, ignore what the world tells you, and be who you are in CHRIST!
JAMES 5:7 “BE PATIENT, THEREFORE BROTHERS, UNTIL THE COMING OF THE LORD.”