There are people who believe that we can be good for the sake of being good and that you don’t need God…or any god…to be good. They may say that you don’t need God or religion to have Compassion, Mercy, Integrity, Virtue, Patience, Long-suffering, Kindness, Generosity, Forgiveness, Humility, or Love towards all people. They may say that that’s all inside of you, according to your perspective, circumstances, and the social norms and acceptableness of the culture you live in. They may produces studies upon psychological studies, societal studies, and scientific studies to try to prove their case that they…and you…and we…don’t need God to be good.
What good is Good when it is anchored to nothing stable? What good is Good when you’re never sure what it really is? What good is Good when it changes wherever you go, among different people? What kind of a mixed up Good have we given for ourselves…when Good-ness can be redefined in the workplace, in the home, in the communities? What kind of Good are we thinking of when we relate it with our sensual pleasures–the “feeling ‘good'”-ness of eating, splurging, lust, sex, ego, laziness, power?
It’s an un-anchored Good-ness we’ve defined for ourselves…one that can be redefined over and over…to our liking. How convenient for us!
But!…(you knew it was coming)…
Good-ness actually comes from somewhere.
We don’t define it.
Jesus Christ taught:
…Whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of me; for good cometh of none save it be of me. I am the same that leadeth men to all good;
Christ doesn’t claim to be the source of Good-ness here. Rather, he’s claiming that he leads us to the source of that Good-ness. And what’s that source?
To answer that is another scripture where we are taught this:
12 Wherefore, all things which are good cometh of God; and that which is evil cometh of the devil; for the devil is an enemy unto God, and fighteth against him continually, and inviteth and enticeth to sin, and to do that which is evil continually.
13 But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God.
Short and simple: Good-ness comes from God. When we are being good…we aren’t doing it for Goodness’s sake. Rather, we are doing what God, our Father in Heaven, has led us…inspired us…to do.
So… how come people innately have these feelings of Compassion, Kindness, Love, etc. anyways…as if it was already inside of us? Built in?
Well, actually…it is built-in.
…The Spirit of Christ is given to every man, that he may know good from evil; wherefore, I show unto you the way to judge;
For every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ;
[this is how you] may know, with a perfect knowledge, it is of God.
But whatsoever thing
* persuadeth men to do evil,
* and believe not in Christ,
* and deny him,
* and serve not God,
then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil; for after this manner doth the devil work, for he persuadeth no man to do good, no, not one; neither do his angels; neither do they who subject themselves unto him.
(link here. emphasis added)
Those who say that Being Good is already inside of us…they are right…almost. They just don’t say why it’s in us.
Each of us is born with that Goodness built into us: the Spirit of Christ. It’s our way to help us determine what is truly Good and what is not. While our bodies and senses and chemistries give us a physical sense of what “feels” good…it’s really more of what “feels like” it’s good. It’s a “sensual” or “sensory” good-ness. Our bodies do not feel physically feel Compassion, Kindness, Patience, Humility, or Love. Those are not in the realm of physical sense…no matter how much serotonin or dopamine or whatever is released by the brain. No…these are part of our Heart…our spirit component of our self. And those feelings are planted deep within us. Ever since we were born.
A society that has convinced itself to forget God only tries to get the rest of us to forget Him as well. They say “Do what feels good.”
I say: Don’t discount Him. Don’t discredit Him. Don’t forget Him. Be Good.
What is Good then?
The good thing is…if we haven’t numbed ourselves to God our Father, we already have an innate intuition of what this is:
- Anything that persuades you to do good.
- Anything that invites you to do good.
- Anything that encourages you to believe Christ.
- To follow Him.
- To help others out.
It’s just a starter, though. Not all inclusive. Here’s a few specifics to start with:
45 And charity…
- suffereth long,
- and is kind,
- and envieth not,
- and is not puffed up,
- seeketh not her own,
- is not easily provoked,
- thinketh no evil,
- and rejoiceth not in iniquity
- but rejoiceth in the truth,
- beareth all things,
- believeth all things,
- hopeth all things,
- endureth all things.
46 …if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail—
47 But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.
That’s not an all inclusive list either. It’s just to get you started. If you want to know more on how to be good…why not just ask the Source of that Goodness Himself…even God? I’m sure He’ll let you know…He’ll lead you…inspire you…as to what you need to do to be..and do…Good.
We’ll never be able to “Be good for Goodness sake”…because whenever we are being Good and doing Good things, we are being and doing like God…for He is the source…He is the Root…of all Goodness.
And you can anchor yourself on that!