Read: Luke 6:43-45
What is good? How can one determine good and bad between two similar actions?
43 “A good tree doesn’t produce bad fruit; on the other hand, a bad tree doesn’t produce good fruit. 44 For each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs aren’t gathered from thornbushes, or grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45 A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.” Luke 6:43-45
I’m convinced that the biggest problem in our society is a person’s desire to define ‘good’ without any sort of absolute behind it. According to the verses above, there is a clear delineation between good and bad. In our society, we have to first convince people that there is such a thing as good and bad, because to many, that distinction is only made individually, and others have no influence over what is good or bad for you as a person.
When someone asked Jesus a question, and referred to him as “good teacher,” Jesus responded with, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God.”
We live in a black and white world where everything is advertised as grey. All actions seem good, at least to somebody. But we are not the world, and the One whom we worship has overcome the world.
Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.
Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.
Supplication: Petition God for growth in your character and personal discipline, and for physical health and strength. Ask for Him to empower you for spiritual warfare against the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Ask for help regarding your activities of the day and other concerns you have. Intercede for the poor and hungry, the oppressed and persecuted, and those in control of world resources. Offer prayers for peace among the nations and current events and concerns.