Hey friends, how are you today? How was your weekend? My weekend was unbelievably busy.  It can be very, very difficult to give God full control when I get this busy.  Sometimes, I allow my plans to dominate my time and to some extent, dominate my life, because I’m afraid I’m going to drop the ball on one of my responsibilities. Yet, I’ve come to the realization that I must give God full control of my schedule and of my activities or else I WILL drop the ball on my responsibilities. Periods of frustrations and bitterness are inevitable when we are in close contact with people and these feelings have the tendency to supersede patience and grace, if the Lord is not the Head of my life.  And I’ve come to the conclusion that the world is filled with all kinds of people and they are everywhere.luke 6 21 1We’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 maybe, just maybe I can be a good person. The flaw in that ‘people’ standard is that, not everyone will agree with it.  Being a good person consists of varied qualities, that depends on who you ask. Some people say you are good, if you perform kind gestures for others.  The problem with that is, you would have to be kind to all the people you meet, all the time, every time, in spite of of the circumstances. (Now, do you still think you are a good person?). Let’s put it this way… how many times have you said… “after all I’ve done for her”.  It’s not so hard to be kind to people that are kind to us, it’s not so hard to give to others who’ve given to us, it’s not so hard to work when we know there is a reward to be gained. But would we still be ‘good’ if the reward were not very obvious? Would we hasten to be kind to that deliberately, judgmental, harsh person? Would we be quick to give to the one that never seems to have anything?luke 6 32

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.  All the compliments, I’ve given throughout the years, I’d 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.  luke 6 32You 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 who that person was and that person’s 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. luke 6 35It 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 good works as ‘filthy rags’!  It is delusional to convince myself and others that there are good people in the world. They really, really don’t’ exist. thanks buttonclosing1brenda