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The Nature of Good & Evil

August 1 // 1 Corinthians 8:20-21

"For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God" -(John 3:21-22)
This passage reminds us about the nature of good and evil deeds. Isn't it interesting that people who do evil fear the Light? In context, Jesus makes it clear that the deeds of man are very personal choices-either good or bad. The nature of a bad deed results in the fear of exposure. So, man's very nature is to hide sinful deeds; evil deeds repel one from the Light (Jesus). Doing evil is akin to hating the Light. By contrast, good deeds are done in truth for the single minded purpose of glorifying God. These verses are preempted by the importance of belief. Jesus makes it clear that the choice to believe in Him, results in eternal life. It is easy to conclude from this passage that doing good deeds is the result of practicing the truth and that practicing the truth causes us to act in a way that glorifies God.
Because practicing the truth is so critical to glorifying God, I must make a sincere effort to practice the truth. “Practicing the truth” infers that doing this is not a discrete event, but something that one should strive toward. Because the truth is an absolute, we must find ways to embrace it. Embracing the truth would include doing devotions, setting aside time to pray, serving others in love, and being obedient to God. These things bring Him glory.
On the other hand, I must recognize signs of my own short comings (evil deeds). A clear indicator of this is anything that I hide. I should ask myself, “Does this deed glorify God?” If not, it is something that separates me from Him. So, it is important to not only avoid sin, but hate it. Ultimately, doing good deeds requires me to be very wary of sin’s propensity to take hold and separate me from Him. My goal should be to glorify the Lord in my deeds and celebrate my belief in God.
Lord, I ask you for mercy in my sinful deeds and to root evil from my life. I also ask you to help me find ways to glorify you. Thank you so much for salvation and conquering evil. Please give me a heart to love you through my actions. Lord, you deserve my praise; may I glorify You!
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This journal entry was posted by Laszlo. She is currently married, has 1 child and has attended New Hope for the past year.

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