I have become increasingly aware that just because one has a great education does not make him or her flawless in the use of a word. We often are clueless concerning how many shades of meaning can be applied. Me too!
The word good is among the unique words in the English language that is applied in a variety of senses. It can be used as an adjective (descriptive) adverb (where, when, how) or noun (person, place, or thing). It more commonly portrays a positive feeling about something or someone, although, it is used occasionally when speaking against a negative outcome, e.g., not good.
Quite often when you speak to someone about their spiritual commitment to God they respond, “I am a ‘good’ person.” My question is “Why do you call yourself good?” Maybe you are involved in several charitable causes; you are a community volunteer; you are a social and community advocate; or you are a kind and generous person. In other words, you achieve many good things.
Although these are all examples of good acts, there is one noisy hiccup in believing you are good because of what you accomplish or what you do. The written Word tells us “There is none good but God.” (Mark 10:18; Luke: 18:19)
This may seem like a contradiction since God in the beginning “saw that everything He created ‘was good’.” Man and woman were created in the “image of God.”
If we fast forward in the story beyond God’s six days of creation, we see that His human creations disobeyed a direct command that resulted in a spiritual change between God and man. Immediately, there was also a spiritual change in the soul of mankind.
Previously innocent, mankind inherited the sentence of death. This sentence came as a package deal and included pouches of character defects that alienate him and her from a good and perfect God. These became embedded in the soul of human creations and interfere with God’s life purpose for each of us. Examples of some of these secret defects are:
To restore a perfect relationship with God will require that mankind find acceptance and rest in Him as their standard of good. God offers us the blessing of restoration through His Son. He brings light that overcomes those secret things that lurk in our soul. God’s restoration brings benefits: eternal love, blessings, forgiveness, and grace (favor).
Here is one of God’s blessings and thoughts toward all who read this:
“May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.
May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
God is good all the time, and apart from true devotion to God, there is no true good. Cling to The Good!