Well… what you think? Do good people really exist? It has been said, ‘we became what we habitually do’! In other words, our constant, habitual actions define our character.
We’ve heard it said about people, perhaps we even think it of ourselves. I must admit, I used to think so, too. As a matter, I also thought I could be counted as one of the good people. And if we, as a people, form the standard for who qualifies to be a good person, then just maybe I can be a good person. The flaw in that ‘people’ standard is that not everyone will agree with it. Some people say you are good, if you perform kind gestures for others. Again the problem with that is you would have to be kind to the people you meet, all the time, every time, in spite of the circumstances. Is that true about you? about me?
Ultimately, most importantly, let’s see what the Lord has to say about good people and whether they truly exist. Romans 3:10, As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;. Innately we are not good people. No, not one of us; not me, not you! We say we are good, because we’ve convinced ourselves that we do good to and for others. But the truth is we are selfish people and any good we do, will only be consistent if the other person responds in a similar manner. Here’s what the Bible has to say about our good works… Psalm 51:3 They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one. When I gave to that neighbor, when I helped that friend out; whether it is with my time or finance, those times I babysat, when I was tired, yes, I would like to think that makes me a good person, but the truth is it doesn’t. I am not a good person, in spite of the good I may have done for others. You see, the good I did was not unconditional, it came with too many expectations attached to it. Most times I thought I did it unconditionally, but the truth is, it depended too much on the person and their attitude or behavior toward me.
But there’s hope in Jesus Christ, I can do good consistently. I must note though, that as a Christian, any good I do is not me, but rather because of Christ in me. The good news is, when I remember I am not a good person, I allow Christ to reign fully in life. I remember to surrender and submit to His Supreme authority, because I am not good, neither can I do good. And that’s okay because Christ knows that and He has given me His Holy Spirit, who equips me and prepares me to perform good works unconditionally, without expecting anything in return. It also helps me to give God the credit for every good work I accomplish. I learn to stay in the Word of God. I learn to trust Him and not myself.
I regret to inform you, that the Word of God applies to everyone, whether you believe it or not. And God’s Word is true, whether you believe or not and Isaiah 64:6 very aptly describes our righteousness as ‘filthy rags’! Are you a good person?