Good. Interesting word, isn’t it? It conjures up a myriad of meanings. In fact, the nature of being good has been given many treatments; one is that the good is based on the natural love, bonding, and affection that begins at the earliest stages of personal development; another is that goodness is a product of knowing truth.**
What is your definition of being good? What would you say if asked?
Years ago, a great Jewish prophet gave the answer. He said, “God has shown you what is good, to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.” Let’s look at those more specifically:
To act justly. We need to be honest and fair with every person, and seek to bring justice for those who are mistreated or taken advantage of.
To love mercy. We all mess up, and when we do we sure appreciate someone who is compassionate and forgiving. Forgiveness doesn’t mean consequences are removed. Forgiveness, though, doesn’t seek revenge. Compassion is an attitude of the heart.
Walk humbly with your God. When a person has no fear of God, that person makes himself God and will rationalize all kinds of evil. But to live in a way to please God, Who is seen perfectly in Jesus, is a good way to live.
God’s answer? To act justly, to love mercy, and walk humbly with God. Now, THAT’S good!