Today you should read: Revelation 19:1-5
A Lover Of Good!
The measure of praise that is happening in our passage gives us a glimpse of the severity of evil that has just been overcome.
We see a “great multitude” crying out praises to and about God. Why are they praising? They are praising God, BECAUSE God is true and just (rather than false and corrupt) and because God has punished the “great prostitute.”
In summary: This great multitude is praising God because God is good (not evil) and because He has punished evil (not letting it live).
This shows us that God and the heavenly beings are lovers of good. And we should be too.
If we’re honest, we’re not always lovers of good. We want OUR good. But many times that is at the expense of the greater good, or the good of others. We manipulate people’s feelings, letting them be discouraged, but giving us what we want. We get angry at friends and family when we are not being served like “we deserve,” leaving them belittled and us comfortable. We compete with others, acting like we own a certain category of life, in our heart rejoicing when they make a mistake. We sin, to make ourselves happy, not caring how it affects those around us. I think it’s fair to say we care about a form of good, but I think it is just as fair to say, we don’t always have a pure desire for the greater good of God and others.
God, on the other hand, desires goodness. Always. In every circumstance, God wants good to prevail and evil to cease. So how can we become like God in this? I think we can repent from the traces of evil in our lives, seek the greater good of others in all circumstances, and keep our eyes on Jesus to learn how to truly become a lover of good.
Here’s a good question to ask today:
God, in what areas am I seeking my good at the expense of the good of others?
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione