I want to please God, my heavenly Father. That is my heart’s desire. It takes sacrifice on my part. It doesn’t come easy but Jesus challenges me to count the cost. It is worth it.
There is good news. Jesus sees me through to the end. God is happy and pleased.
And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16 (NASB)
Goodness is not a quality I can manufacture on my own. In letting the Holy Spirit control me, I am blessed with the fruit of goodness. As others see my good works, they will praise our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16). Now think about that! James 1:17 says,“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights.” This certainly includes a life characterized by goodness.
- 1 Peter 2:20 (NASB) — For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.
- 1 Peter 2:15 (NASB) — For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.
- 1 Peter 3:17 (NASB) — For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.
Left to my own devices, I am not good. In the new life in Jesus, I am called on to do good. If I live in the power of the Holy Spirit, that will bear fruit and I will do good.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” ~Jesus | Matthew 5:17