Not flashy and often made fun of, goodness might be one of the most misunderstood qualities of all time. It gets a bad rap. People make goodness synonymous with weakness, fear, or boredom, but in reality, it’s none of those things.
More than once, others have called me a goody-two-shoes. I had a tame high school experience and stayed out of trouble. That was thanks to my parents, who never let me go anywhere. But still, others noticed and scoffed at me for my lack of partying and high school hijinks. That’s not the goodness I’m talking about, though.
Unaffected goodness embraces morality—the distinction between right and wrong. It recognizes the difference between good and bad and chooses the right thing. A person can obey all the rules, never break a law, and achieve great success but still never possess goodness.
Many people would say goodness is subjective. It depends on environment, beliefs, and culture—not fixed but ever changing. They attempt to redefine morality into whatever a person deems as good, which, in a way, makes nothing good. If I can say something’s good, and you can say it’s bad, and we’re both right, then what’s the point?
With this train of thought, everyone is a goody two shoes. No one behaves immorally.
That’s all lopsided, though. There is good and bad in the world. There are absolutes, even if no one wants to recognize them.
The sun shines in the daytime. Water is wet. Humans need oxygen. And there is a right way and a wrong way to live. It’s not just my opinion. It’s true.
In much of this, our hearts need little instruction. Kindness is good. Love is good. Forgiveness, joy, peace, patience. All those things are good. Against them, there is no law.
Other times, however, goodness gets confused with our rules and religiosity.
We get to thinking morality is a list of things we’ve not done. The goodness becomes an end in itself and turns sour, no longer good, but tainted by our greed, pride, and arrogance.
That is not goodness. It’s an imposter hoping to divert hearts away from what is right and noble. Call it confusion, envy, vanity, but don’t call it goodness.
Goodness always benefits mankind. There is a strength to it. A fullness often missed. My high school “friends” couldn’t see this. Neither could I. Whenever we look at goodness and think we’re missing out, immature, or weak, we aren’t seeing the full picture.
Pure goodness is powerful. It heals friendships, strengthens nations, and triumphs over injustice. It’s not tame or simple. But true, confident, and right. This kind of goodness does not come from man, but from God. He is the author and perfecter of goodness.
Spend time with reading these verses and may God show you His powerful goodness and lead you to a deeper understanding of what is right. He desires for you to know Him better and live a good and abundant life.
Psalms 107:8 – 107:9
“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”
“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!”
“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”
Psalms 135:1 – 135:3
“Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the name of the LORD; praise him, O ye servants of the LORD. Ye that stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God, Praise the LORD; for the LORD is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant.”
“For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.”
Psalms 145:9 – 145:10
“The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.”“All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.”
Psalms 100:4 – 100:5
“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
“Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.”
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
“Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.”
Psalms 145:7 – 145:8
“They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.”
Psalms 33:4 – 33:5
“For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the LORD.”
“Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.”
Psalms 25:7 – 25:8
“Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD. Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.”
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