Can I be honest and tell you that I struggle with sin. And I’m pretty sure you do too. Actually, I know you do because everyone does (Romans 3:23). I am in a constant battle against my flesh and oftentimes it wins. There are times I am disrespectful to my husband and I yell at my daughter. I’ve had plenty of not-so-nice thoughts pop in my head (and out my mouth) and I can let my emotions get the better of me.
Earlier this week, as I was reading the Bible during my devotions, Psalm 119:68 really struck a chord: “You are good and do good; Teach me Your statutes.”
God is good, He does good and He can teach me to do good if I have a willing heart and teachable spirit. (Yes, I struggle with that too) What better Person to learn goodness from than the only One who truly is good?
Think about it. How often do we attempt to do good on our own?
We strive to be a good wife, train and teach our children, keep a clean enough house, be a good friend and wear well all the other hats we have in our busy lives as women. The reality is apart from God we can do nothing.
God is good and does good.
Taking this to heart, I’ve concluded that I need to stop striving to be good and allow the Lord to teach me and change my heart. <—-Tweet this!
Obviously I’m not saying that we should stop trying to live godly lives or give up doing good things. What I mean is that instead of fruitlessly running on our little hamster wheel by ourselves, we should be focusing our energy on loving and leaning on God by growing in our relationship with Him through prayer and learning from His Word (the Bible) and allowing the Holy Spirit to direct our thoughts and actions. In other words, we need to stop attempting to do good on our own. <—-Tweet this!
As imperfect and sinful (but forgiven) people, we must rely on the grace and power of Christ to do good. This is how we can truly live godly lives and what will allow us to cultivate hearts and homes that bring glory to God.
In what areas are you striving to do good on your own?
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