There is a question that only you in the privacy of your own thoughts can answer truthfully. Come to think of it you might not answer it truthfully even then. I think we sometimes fool our own self, ignore the way things really are as if we don’t acknowledge something it doesn’t exist.
You may quote a scripture to me instead of answering (I seriously doubt it but just saying it could happen). I started to go ahead and give you the verse and where it can be found (three different places, Matthew, Mark and Luke all recorded it), but I want to give you the second half of the verse before I do that or tell you where it is. It says, “You know the commandments, don’t you? No illicit sex, no killing, no stealing, no lying, honor your father and mother.” Well we all know that those things are wrong, not right, sins even, except the one about honoring your parents which is one of the commandments… so you can answer that part of the question/statement by saying, “I don’t do any of those things and I do honor my parents, so…”
So what? You’re living the life commanded you should live?
How about if I asked you if you treat your fellow man the way you wish they would treat you? Could you answer that in the affirmative too?
Are you wondering if I live by these rules myself? I would answer you that I was raised to live a clean life, and I had wonderful parents and I was their care taker until their death, that’s not the most important thing, the most important part is the one I have to hardest time with, the part where you have to be good to people who are rude, disrespectful, discouraging, judgmental and try to hide the fact that they are doing you in behind your back. That’s the hard one. It goes all the way back to being in elementary school and having to be nice to name callers and rude children, keeping my mouth shut when I wanted to speak up for myself, these children and their parents attended our church and I had to see their self-righteous mothers look sanctimonious in church on Sunday knowing that their children were being horrible to me for no real reason except that they could. So yeah, it’s a little hard for me. I have a problem with that.
But I digress, what is the question?
Are you a good person? I mean really good in private, when no one knows what you’re doing or thinking good? You don’t have to answer me, I just want you to ask that of yourself and be honest…
Oh and the scripture that I gave you the second half of is, Luke 18: 19-20
Jesus said, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good—only God. You know the commandments, don’t you? No illicit sex, no killing, no stealing, no lying, honor your father and mother.”
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If Jesus said no one is GOOD but GOD… And Jesus IS GOD on Earth… Then why would He ‘rebuke’ The Disciples for calling Him Good? Surely, Jesus WAS “Good”.
But, as for me, personally, I can only say I am ‘generally’ good. I do my best to treat everyone kindly, and help even strangers in need, as best I can. BUT… I have been betrayed by people — whether schoolmates or a Spouse, and many in-between. And I can’t say that I didn’t have angry thoughts and feelings toward them. And I was also ‘picked on’ in school. And I didn’t handle well the idea of Smiling as if nothing was wrong. I could not be ‘friends’ at Church or other meetings with adults around, or even groups of other classmates… and still tolerate the poor treatment in private or when they were trying to humiliate me in front of others. I felt it was ‘phony’ and hypocritical. So I shunned them, and just wished they would die or something. And would be out of my life.
I still find myself doing the same thing… Sort of a “3 Strikes Rule”… If I reach out to others in a friendly and caring way, and they ‘bite my hand’, I will usually try a couple more times… But if they continue to be rude, mean, inconsiderate, insulting, or whatever… then I ‘walk away’ and leave them behind. I don’t know if that is “Not being Good’, or just self-preservation. (At least, it is better than punching them in the mouth! LOL!) I think of it more as when Jesus ‘knocked the dust off His feet’ and moved on to another town.
But I guess my biggest ‘challenge’ is my thoughts and feelings. Things “inside my head” that no one else can see, but GOD.
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Very honest answer Floyd. I saw you being taken the advantage of which is why God put it on my heart a few years ago to send something to you. It wasn’t my debt but I felt indebted to you because you were always so kind and willing to help. I think you’re a wonderful (if not good 😇) man ‼️🙏🏼❤️
I can only try my best to treat others as I would like to be treated. That was what I was taught to do. Certainly none of us are “good” in the Spiritual sense and never will be until we are glorified and off this earth. We have to remember that we wrestle not against flesh and blood at any time. So, with that being said, I can only leave it up to God and go on about my business. God will take care of any wrongs done to me. His vengeance is much worse than any thing I could think of to do if I made any effort to respond to wrong done.
A “best friend” really wronged me many years ago. I never even told her that I knew what she did. I just gave it to God because the pain was too much to bare. . She eventually lost her husband, her home, new car and ended up in government projects. One son went to prison for drugs. One turned out homosexual. Don’t know what happened to the youngest son. I was afraid to ask the person that brought me the news. It broke my heart as all I wanted to do was “kick her butt”. *smile* I would never have touched all her family and took everything away from her.
God’s payback can be terrible because when He removes His hand of protection, then Satan can really do harm to a person.
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It isn’t easy Fredy ❤️🙏🏼
No, it never is, and especially if it is someone you dearly love that has hurt you.God can and will take the pain and hurt and bring beauty from the ashes. We just have to “give it to Him” to take care of and then pray in tongues every time the devil brings things to mind again. I have to make myself do what God told me to do years back when I had no hope and deep depression was pulling me down. Philippians 4:8-9. The days when I had nothing good to think of, I would think about Jesus and how much He loved me and what He endured just for me. Gradually the pain lessened and God brought peace. Don’t know how God does it…I just know that He does. Today, those things that hurt me don’t matter any more at all.
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