Good Versus Evil    

Everyone prefers to be respected and be able to live without any kind of trouble being inflicted on them but without a concern for what happens to the other person. Good things are beneficial for achieving goals or the desirable outcome. On the other hand the carelessness of other people throws a monkey wrench into our affairs when we are only trying to get things done in a timely manner.  Having someone do good to you is a pleasing experience and shows that someone really cares for you. 

When the thief comes, he leaves everything in disarray and ruin, destroying memories and violating the sanctity of your home.  The thief does not have to take the things of value with him, but he will leave you with emotional distress that you have to deal with in the weeks and years to come.

Almost every person thinks of themselves as a good person even when we fudge a little. We can make ourselves look good even when we sin - with the words we use that cover over the offense. The bible says no one is good, except God alone (Mark 10:18) and all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23.) Those two verses should humble us with the understanding that God knows that we sin and promised to discipline us for those sins.

Unfortunately, we seldom praise the people who do good things for us. Jesus came to give us life to the full, which may be hard to fathom, but he brought a sound way to live that we will use eternally. Good deeds are something you appreciate and often feel obligated to return. Because this practice is continued over a lifetime, you will reap the love you have sown.

The good shepherd came to lay his life down for everyone who would accept Christís death as the atonement for the sin of the world. Prior to Christís death man was unable to live without sin or find a sacrifice suitable for the punishment of sin that God would accept. The purpose of his death was to provide a way to eternal life that would benefit all of mankind regardless of who they are. It is the example of agape love that keeps giving to those who will accept his love and lordship.  

Jesus became the Lamb of God perfect in every way and acceptable to the demands of Godís justice.  On the cross he took on the sin that we committed and died carrying our sin into the lake of fire. He endured the sin of mankind so we would not perish in eternally separated from God.

Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3

We have a promise from God.

And another promise,

They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me.  I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul. Jeremiah 32:38-41

These are promises made to those who have entered into a covenant with God by proclaiming that Jesus is Lord. This covenant requires man to love and obey God for we were created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Jesus Christ was our role model as he routinely did the good works. He healed the sick, he gave money to the poor and he did things to comfort the pain and suffering that he saw around him.

All in all the attributes that describe the nature of God are strengths that men benefit from. They are strengths that build self-esteem and relationships through sharing with what one has or can do for another.

In addition God uses these skills and attributes not for evil purposes but to do good. His choice was to demonstrate the love of God in a social and moral manner and in such a way that his decisions do not harm others. For example,

Godís love is defined in a specific manner. God demonstrates love in a social and moral manner as a choice to love in a non-partial manner that includes the whosoevers that come to him in need. He does not plan to harm but to see that they have a better future to look forward to. Godís love is both spiritual and physical in its nature and his love is characterized with good deeds.   

From manís perspective anything that is favorable, pleasant, to our liking, is done well, is right in our eyes, and the best you can do is good. When we consider Godís nature and what he demands of his children, we must also consider that not one of his commands encourages evil deeds.  Rather, Godís word teaches us not to respond to our sin nature and say no to ungodliness and its worldly passions. His commands reflect a way to live in a holy manner that produces his holiness. 

Every one of the actions the thief takes is evil and they are things we donít want to happen to us.  The words, to steal and kill and destroy summarize the evil that affects human life. Evil deeds are a source of suffering, injury, destruction and the consequences of those evil deeds disrupt our lives. They are the detestable things that man and women throughout the world consider absolutely wrong especially when you become the victim. 


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