Dec 17 2017

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The Problem of Being Good

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The Problem of Being Good

//I wasn’t raised in a Christian home. I thought I was a pretty good person. I tried to do well in school. I hadn’t murdered anyone. I wasn’t into “bad” stuff. I was good. When my youth leader introduced me to Christ, I still felt good about myself…mostly.

Then one day, when the Gospel message came again—and I was alone—I didn’t feel so good about myself. With no one around, I knew I wasn’t good compared to God. It was then that I understood that I needed a Savior. I was thirteen.

It’s been a long time since then. Unfortunately, I kept a lot of my “good” thinking with me. I didn’t have a different way of thinking.

I try to do well in life, mostly. And when I “slip up” I have Jesus.

This is a problem.

 7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven,
And whose sins have been covered.
8 “Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account.”

Romans 4:7-8 (NASB)


Romans 4:7When I come to “Blessed are those…forgiven,” I miss much of the point. If I am to know how fortunate I am, I must sit in a place of true understanding of my sinfulness. Before God, and those who know the true me, I’m not so good. I’m selfish and prideful. I lose my temper, not because of righteousness but because life didn’t go my way.

Being good gets in the way of understanding the unbelievable gift of my salvation.//

Can you relate?

The more we become acquainted with the darkness of our pride and selfishness, the more we will know how blessed we are. We needn’t embellish our story. Instead, we ought to stop reframing ore minimizing our sin as “not as bad as…” or “understandable.” (Am I the only one who does this?)

The real problem with being good is not wanting to face those uncomfortable feelings that come with owning our sin. But if we’re willing to acknowledge our sin to God, three amazing results are ours;

  •  We will experience the cleansing power of God’s forgiveness. See 1 John 1:9
  • We will be transformed to reflect God’s image better as we turn from our definition to God’s definition of good.
  • We will have a heart filled with God’s blessing, knowing the depth of God’s love for us. See Romans 8:37-38.

Do you have a problem with being good?

Seek God to help you understand your sin.

Ask him to reveal the truth about yourself.

And when he points it out, pray the truth about yourself (confess).

Blessing awaits.

What is God revealing to your heart?


Five Minute Friday

I’m joining my Five Minute Friday friends with the word different. My five minutes are between the // marks. This will be the last Five Minute Friday post until January 5. Two weeks without FMF will be different.



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