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The One Who Does Good

October 31, 2015

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The One  Who Does Good

Watching the news  these days,  it is so obvious  that there is good  and evil.     Everywhere  —  from our neighborhoods  to worldwide happenings  —  there definitely is  good and evil.     It’s a part  of our lives.     We cannot escape  these facts.     But,  we are not helpless.     3 John 1:11  lovingly  tells us,

Beloved,  do not imitate  what is evil,  but what is good.     The one  who does good  is  of God;  the one  who does evil  has not  seen God.

In order  to understand  the differences  between good  and evil,  we must study  God’s word  in the Bible.     From beginning  to end,  the differences  between good  and evil  are explained  with details  and repetitions.     God’s word constantly tells us  in so many ways  to  “not imitate  what is evil,  but what is good.”

Back  in the days  of Isaiah,  the Israelites  had totally lost sight  of God’s eternal truths.     They were so into  the heathen practices  of the heathens  who lived around them,  that they willingly accepted  their idolatrous traditions.     The Israelites  even got  to thinking  those idolatrous traditions  were just fine.     But,  Isaiah 5:20  strongly warned them,

Woe  to those  who call evil good,  and good evil;
Who substitute darkness  for light  and light  for darkness;
Who substitute bitter  for sweet  and sweet  for bitter!

We are not  to trade  the love  of God’s salvation  through faith  in Jesus Christ alone  for a bag  of Halloween candy and the “fun”  of trick or treating.     The evils  of witchcraft  and superstitions  are not  to be called “good”.     And,  a loving Christian faith  is not  to be called  “evil”.     We are not  to “substitute”  the “darkness”  of evil heathen practices  for the “light”  of God’s word.     We are not  to  “substitute”  the “bitter”  of “evil”  for the “sweet”  of God’s eternal love.

When the world loves  heathen traditions,  we listen to Romans 12:21,

Do not  be overcome  by evil,  but overcome evil  with good.

For the love  of Christ Jesus,  we live  in His forgiveness  and don’t let “evil”  “overcome”  our faith.     Abiding  in the peace  of God’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for the gift  of eternal life  in heaven  as we live  in Your light.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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