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This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Goodness

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” - Peter - 1 Peter 4:8

Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. - Romans 12:9

Tolerance: “the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Sometimes I get frustrated when Christians get caught up in being what many would consider as “good.”  There are a couple issues with living to be good.  One is that goodness is too often measured by human relativity.  Another is that Christianity is not about being good.  I’ll come to that later.  First I want to explore what it means to be good.  How we define goodness.  Does goodness mean accepting everyone for who they are?  Or does it mean loving everyone no matter who they are?  No one should accept a bad behavior.  Just because someone excuses their actions based on their perceived identity doesn’t mean we should accept that behavior or identity.  Some grown men have a tendency to love little girls.  No one thinks we should accept that.  So why should we accept prostitution, or drug abuse, or whatever?  Acceptance, or tolerance, as we sometimes hear it, is not a measure of goodness.  However, love remains.  Love remains for the prostitute standing on the corner high on crack.  Love remains for the thief in jail.  Love even remains for the predator down your street.  Love remains.  But is love a measure of goodness?  Love is the measure of goodness!  I’m not talking about the love in tolerance, the love in acceptance, or the love of compromise.  I’m talking about pure love that doesn’t have to tolerate anything.  Love that doesn’t have to accept someone for who they are.  Love that loves despite who we all are.  That pure of a love can only be found in our Creator.  It’s call agape.  The greek word for unconditional love.  There is nothing more conditional that tolerance, acceptance, and compromise.  What are we tolerating?  What are we accepting?  What are we compromising with?  Those words can’t exist without a pre-judgement.  Pure love doesn’t have to look past the actions, motives, or tendencies of a person.  Pure love can look them in the face and embrace anyway.  I don’t want anyone to simply put up with my imperfection.  I know I have them and I want to be better.  However, I want more than anything to be loved despite of them.  We find that love utmost in God.  That love is what is supposed to be at the heart of Christianity.  Christianity is not about measuring up our goodness and comparing it with our faults.  It’s about that love.  Accepting it.  Returning it.  And spreading it as much as we can.  That love defines Christianity because it is what bears fruit.  That love causes us to be different.  To act differently.  And to be, can I say, “good.”  That’s why I get frustrated at Christianity being about goodness.  It’s about God’s love, for us, in us, and through us.  The rest - the “goodness” takes care of itself, with God’s love.

Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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