Sunday, 23 April 2017


There is an elderly man at my church who always asks, "Have you been good?"

But what does he mean by good?

Being good is more than just obeying your parents, your teachers, your elders, authorities, the law etc..

Merely complying with their requirements does not make you good.

Being good must be an intrinsic part of your being.
It is an orientation to benevolence in all your transactions.
And a kind-hearted way of life.

Jesus said, "'Why do you call me good?  No one is good but God alone.'" Mark 10:18 (NRSV)

God is good.

But we can aspire to the perfect goodness of God.

[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.]

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