Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5.44-45
God is just and good, as well as kind. He blesses even when such action is not merited. The sun rises and sets on all men independent of whether or not they believe in God, much less obey his commands. The rain falls to the earth whether the people in the area are righteous or not. He is impartial.
We are to be like our heavenly Father. We are to be just and good, as well as kind. What does that mean when someone is being mean to you? What does that mean when someone seeks to bring you down?
Jesus said to love your enemy. That does not mean that you have to have positive emotional feelings toward that person. It does mean that you treat that person the same as you would anyone else, with justice and with kindness.
Jesus also said to pray for those who persecute you. He is the perfect example of this to follow. His prayer to the Father during his crucifixion was for forgiveness for those who were guilty of his death, Luke 23.34. By praying for those who would do you harm, you show kindness.
May we strive to be impartial, treating all people equally, calling each one to follow in his footsteps.
#risingjoy #Matthew #goodness
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17
There are so many misconceptions about God. Many think He is only watching to punish us for wrong. When we get to know God, we learn that he loves us, cares for us, and that all good things in our life come from Him. How thankful we can be that He is good all the time and never changes. In Him we live, and move, and have our being. Let’s never blame God for anything, but rather appeal to Him for the blessing we need. —David W. Grubb
#God #goodness #blessing
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers” Galatians 6:10.
When most of us think of benevolence, we think of money that is given. Most churches, after all, have a benevolence budget that is given out to those in need. But, ‘bene-volence,’ literally meaning ‘good-will,’ is so much more.
When Peter proclaimed the gospel in Acts 10, he described Jesus in this way: “he went around doing good.” Really, Jesus just did naturally what came from His character. Because He was benevolent, He went around doing good.
So, we who have died with Christ to self and sin and wear His name are to “walk as Jesus did.” As we grow in the spiritual fruit of goodness, adding it to faith in increasing measure with the goal of becoming spiritually mature, we go around doing good as well.
It is no wonder, then, that benevolence is one of the church’s values along with edification and evangelism. Together we actively seek the opportunities to not do good for ourselves but outwardly-focused to all people, no matter who they are—but “especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”
Do you go around doing good?
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Evil is prevalent, but not overpowering.
How is goodness the superior force?
#evil, #goodness, #victory, #votd
Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
Henry David Thoreau, American essayist and nature writer (1817-1862)
He loves His entire creation equally. He makes it rain on the just and the unjust. He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. He extended His plan of redemption to any and all who will come.
During the study tonight this issue surfaced. Is the human being good in any sense? He was created good, but he blew it. There is none good, no not one. That’s biblical. And only when we admit that, when we fall at Jesus’ feet and confess ourselves the sinners that we are, does Jesus have any calling for us (Luke 5:1-11).
UPDATE: See here for the four marks of discipleship from the Luke text referenced above.
How did someone encourage me lately? I have been encouraged through TFR contributors. Through their comments and postings. I have been encouraged by the goodness (generosity) of God’s people in the benevolent work for one brother in Christ.