WHY DO YOU CALL ME GOOD?

When something is good it is wholesome

And just perfect in every way,

Because in order to be good all aspects are considered

When integrity is displayed.

We are too flippant when we speak

And we say that people are good,

Since only God knows the depth of our hearts

Where many things we’ve misunderstood.

Because although we may wish no harm

Or our deeds are loving and kind,

Only God knows the true motives

And whether it’s recognition we wish to find.

Or how can we recognise jealousy

When the person is as sweet as can be,

Or whether there’s hidden bitterness deep inside

And other traits we cannot see?

Because the worldly ways will tell us

That we are born inherently good,

But unless God’s light shines in our heart

Many realities are not understood.

When Jesus was labelled ‘Good Teacher’

His response was firm and clear,

That no-one is good and that right is reserved

For the Father that He held dear.

Although Jesus was God in the flesh

And He was perfect all along,

He needed to make an important point

That it’s in the Father that good belongs.

His word says that none are righteous

And we fall short of God’s glory too,

So how could anything possibly ever be good

In our strength in what we do?

If we believe for a millisecond

That we’re righteous in God’s eyes,

We have not understood Jesus’ sacrifice

Or the reason He needed to die.

Because it’s only through the cross

That we can be made alive,

And dead to sin once and for all

Where to His goodness we arise.

Every good and perfect gift

Is from the Lord above,

Where goodness, kindness, peace and joy

Are encapsulated in His love.

(C) P.B. 2022

“Now behold, one came and said to Him, ‘Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?’  So He said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good?  No one is good but One, that is God.’”  Matthew 19:16-17

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”  Romans 3:23-24

“Woe is me, for I am undone!  Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Hosts.”  Isaiah 6:5

“Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6:11

“For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves.  But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”  2 Corinthians 10:12

“God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.”  1 Timothy 3:16

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights.” James 1:17

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