By Manuel ‘Boy’ Negado
Agathos (Greek) describes that which a person being good in character or constitution will be beneficial in its effect on others.
“Goodness” has fallen on bad times in our day! It has a bad connotation – after all who really wants to be “good.” It’s expecting people to be wimpish or weak or somehow less than aggressive. In the minds of too many people today, it’s an old-fashioned quality which is out of date. We’d rather be chic, slick, popular, exciting, with it or living on the edge.
Then …. When you think about it wouldn’t you rather do business with a “good merchant? Send your kids to a “good” school? Be a patient of a very “good” doctor? Drive a “good car? Be married to a “good” spouse? Do everything you can to raise “good” kids.
“Good” and “goodness are two very popular words in the vocabulary of our day. We like to think that what we do is “good” to benefit others. But what really is “goodness.”? Are the actions of our living amounting to the greatest good for others.
Before we consider “being” good and “doing” good, we will be needing a working definition of goodness. The measuring rod and the standard has been set by God and not by humans.
God is the measure of all things, including goodness and what it means. So we’ll attempt to start with an understanding of the goodness of God as a harvest of the spirits working in our living.
One of the most exciting description of Jesus Christ is only in five words.
“He went around doing good.” (Acts 10:39
Note: He didn’t send somebody else, He did it personally.
Goodness isn’t an arms length kind of living. It is a hands-on, up-close and personal performance. Jesus Christ went about doing good without asking the cost or determining the danger. He aggressively sought out those in need of his goodness. He healed with a touch, went to the bedside of the sick, anointed the eyes of a blind man, touched little children, ate with sinners, raised the dead and many more. What a lesson for us! And an example for this generation of Christians who are seeking their own comforts, wanting to stay in their cocoons of self-satisfaction, not wanting to do their dirty work of people contacts – but de-pending on others to do their good works for them by simply “paying” their dues and giving monetary means so to others can be sent. Just because we don’t want to be in the touching business doesn’t exempt us from this work of doing good to others wherever we find a need.
(2 Corinthians 3:23) V2/ You yourselves are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by man. V3/ You show you are a letter from Christ. .. written not with ink but with the spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
(2 Corinthians 2:17) Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, In Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like man sent from God.
(Matthew 23:1-7 ) V1/ Then Jesus said to the crowd and to His disciples …V2 / .., … v/3 but do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. v/4 They tie up heavy loads and put them on man’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger and move them.
(Mark 7:6) These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. V7/ They worship me in vain….
Love in Action
Goodness is love in action, love with its hand to the plow, love with the burden on its back. Love following the footsteps of Jesus Christ who went about continually doing good. (James Hamilton)
(Galatians 5:6) For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision or uncircumcision has any value, the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
(James 1:27) Religion that God our father accepts as pure and undefiled is this: To look after orphans and to keep oneself from being polluted by the word.
“The supreme test of goodness is not in the greater but in the smaller incidents of character and practice, not when we are standing in the searchlight of public scrutiny, but when we reach firelight flicker of our homes., not what we are when some clarion call rings through the air summoning us to fight for life and liberty in the gray morning, when the watchfire is burning low.
It is impossible to be our best at the supreme moment if character is corroded and eaten into by daily inconsistency, unfaithfulness and besetting sin. (F.B. Meyer)
Scriptural Basis: Matthew 6:1-2) v1/ Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before man to be seen by them. V2/ So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets.
Matthew 23:23-28 Woe/shame on you hypocrites! For you pay tithe …., … but omitted the weightier matters of the law. Justice/mercy/faith …,… v/24 you blind guides …,.. v25/ woe unto you for you make clean the outside of the cup …, … but within they are full of extortion and excess. V26/ Blind religious leaders…. V27/ appear, beautiful outward, but are within full of dead man’s bones and uncleaness v28/ … outwardly righteous unto people but within are full of iniquity and pretense.
YES! Reader, friends. Living the “good life? Should be one of our highest goals in life. When we are at our best, we are the most effective in living. This good life is a very real possibility for all of us.
Yes! You can have the good life — a life of goodness for others, this life is not dependent upon what the world considers to be the good life — The right car, beer, cigarette, the right deodorant, having the right mate or living in the right house! The life of goodness is a life with God has placed within each of us the potential for goodness which can be lived every day. We cannot be at our best until we allow the Spirit of God to work within us so that Jesus living in and through us can touch this world with goodness
Psalm 34:8 O Taste and see that the Lord is good.
PS: This article was inspired by Robert Strand from his book Nine Fruits of the Spirit
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