43 “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. 45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
America is blessed with four seasons in a year. Many countries have only two seasons. And during spring, I have witnessed many friends engage in gardening endeavors. Especially, the COVID 19 made many busy with their space to till and plant. The aesthetics of land is determined by its produce and the human agency uses the land to feed the people as well as enables life to be a blessing for all.
The abuse of land and the scarcity for abundance is obvious, and the gulf engenders an unstable matrix in the human domain, a sad reality. The developing ecological crises and poverty haunts the blessed state of life. Spirituality of Jesus demands everyone to be good and dictates that goodness is possible only when everyone has good intentions.
Such definitions fail not to put forth the following arguments:
- Who is good ?
- What is good?
- What makes someone good?
Who is good? - God is always good. When a young man addressed Christ as a good master, Jesus said that no one is good except God. God being our Creator, as our true Parent has an unconditional love for all without any bars. We may be white, black, brown, yellow or red, but he treats us as His own family. Plurality in the human domain is one of the finest novelties of the Supreme God and acknowledging it with dignity is the order of a Godly life. His Love is for all. Thus, this love showers an abundance of mercy in spite of the unfaithful world. The unfaithfulness is measured by our relativity with all God’s creation. I am sure as believers in God, and as theists, we affirm God is good. The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth. Exodus 34:6. No one is good but One, that is, God. Mark 10:18.
What is good? Good is not just subjective. It’s not attaining the desires of one’s self. Many people define “good” as limited to their narrow group. Also, it is not attaining a group’s ambitions. Narrowness towards life makes life chaotic, and displays restlessness with a sense of negation and division. Good is both objective and subjective because God is good. The state of goodness is related to God and God is the only ultimate factor that connects every creation in an order that sustains and offers space and time for everything with a quality and dignity. When the order of good is muted, then we tend to alienate the good or God, which we call sin. Good is being good to all.
The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works. Psalm 145:9. We are called to see the good in others and make life celebrative and appreciative. The uncanny apathy and antipathy notions on any other human being is purely devilish and obviously Goodness stems from those who are rooted in God, in Christ. Staying with Christ, life in Christ, helps us to realize the state of Good, which is the ultimate ethos in Life. This ethical dimension is obligatory for every human being to make the world the home for all. And let us pray, Let Your Kingdom Come!!!
How to be good...
When God shows the state of goodness by winning the evil by good, we are also called to do the same. The recent horrifying incident, the brutal murder of George Floyd, devastated the human respect and dignity for all fellow human beings because of race notions. Such notions need to be addressed seriously to fix the friends who are infected by this uncanny virus of racism. Our primary aim is to tell and educate everyone that every life displays the signature of God, and hatred over any life is hatred over God. The epistle of John 4:20 clearly says “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”
Oh God, help us to be your GOOD vessels in realizing the goodness and help us to be your GOOD tools in propagating the Good News of Love to erase hatred and pain in human life. Amen.
God Bless These Words. Amen!!!