Unfortunately, some of us have been told we are not good enough, that we don’t measure up. That can be really hurtful. Some of us harshly judge ourselves. That hurts as well. The truth is… others are not the judge of our good-ness, and we are not the judge of how “good” we are either. God is the only judge. And guess what? He loves us unconditionally!
That does not give us license to sin, just because He will love us no matter what. Rather, it is a treasure for us to grasp that He loves us as we are and a motivation for us to worship His goodness and love that gifts us with part of Himself.
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4 :9-10 NKJV
God demonstrated His love even while we did not love Him. That’s huge! The terms, “good” and “love” as used in this verse are all about God’s huge goodness and love, that we did nothing to earn. Even Jesus did not consider Himself good! (and I would say He earned it!)
And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. Mark 10:18 NKJV
Jesus didn’t respond to the man’s very important question first, but to an adjective he used! It is like He said, “Wait, hold everything. Please don’t call me good.” This tells me that humility, as part of Jesus’ character, is immensely important for us to have also. It’s important that we allow the hand of God to exalt us. Peter says just that…
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6 NIV
Some thoughts for our focus today:
- God’s love for us is not proportional or connected to how “good” we are, but how good He is.
- Being judged by the world will happen, but it’s God’s judgement we should be more concerned about.
The world’s definitions of “good” are so far removed from what You embody. Your goodness and love are wrapped up in each other and given to us. Thank You for the gift of Jesus! He was so humble even though He saved the whole world. That thought alone gives us reason to leave any judging of our “good” to You. Humility does not come natural to us, so please help us in that area. You are good and perfect for that job. It is all about You and Your goodness. We love You! Amen
- List some good things about God. Thank Him for His goodness. There’s plenty to think on today! The simplest thoughts about Him are worth much of our time and singular focus. Aren’t you glad He’s a loving God?.
Love and prayers to all. Stay safe!