Restored to goodness!



THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 3:1-6
“Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil….” (Mark 3:4)
Do any of God’s laws prohibit doing good for others?
Goodness is God’s original plan, the ‘very good’ of creation restored. (Genesis 1:31)
Jesus saves us SO THAT we can live good lives again; with Him, like Him, for Him!
Consider how many times Paul urges Titus to focus on doing what is good:
— “Set them an example by doing what is good.” (Titus 2:7)
— “A people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:14)
— “To be ready to do whatever is good.” (Titus 3:1)
— “Careful to devote themselves to doing what is good.” (Titus 3:8)
— “To devote themselves to doing what is good.” (Titus 3:14)

As a Jesus follower, I am set free from the curse of the Law.
No longer burdened by guilt and failure, I am free to do whatever good I can.
Not to earn God’s love, but because I am loved, and eager to share that love.
I should learn from the laws of scripture, but I am not bound by them.
How can I bless, serve, share or care? — this is what the laws were pointing to.
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
PRAYER
Lord, help me to look for ways to do good to others today. May the creation experience a little more goodness today, because of me.

Comments 1

  1. tdk wrote:

    Once again it was the Sabbath and the religious people wanted to ensnare Jesus with ‘working on the Sabbath.’ That day celebrates the life we have in Christ Jesus – resurrected life. That gift He gives freely to all who would receive it. That love received must also be the love given.
    SonShine in all my activities.
    Do good.
    Be a blessing.
    Be like Christ unto them – loving your neighbour seven days a week. Living Christ in word and deed indeed.

    God forgave my sin in Jesus’ name.
    I’ve been born again in Jesus’ name
    And in Jesus’ name I come to you
    To share his love as he told me to.

    He said ‘Freely, freely you have received;, freely, freely give.
    Go in my name, and because you believe others will know that I live.

    All pow’r is giv’n in Jesus’ name
    in earth and heav’n in jesus name
    And in Jesus’ name I come to you
    To share his pow’r as he told me to.

    He said ‘Freely, freely you have received;, freely, freely give.
    Go in my name, and because you believe others will know that I live.

    God gives us life in Jesus’ name
    he lives in us in Jesus’ name
    And in Jesus’ name I come to you
    To share his peace as he told me to.

    Posted 19 Apr 2017 at 6:22 am

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