Finding several ways to be ‘good’

What is meant by “doing good?”

In the Dec. 13 issue of the farragutpress, there was a presstalk call in which a reader thanked the good person who turned in an I-phone at a local store.

The writer finished by saying, “People are still good.”

If we claim to be a follower of Christ, we understand from Ephesians 2:10 that “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

The writer to farragutpress makes it plain that doing good is not limited to monetary aid, which is just one aspect of doing good.

Paul wrote to Titus in 3:8, “This is a faithful saying and these things I want to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.”

There are many ways to be “good,” such as when we teach the word of God, which is our way to salvation, or when we show patience on our busy highways, or when we “bear with one another and forgive one another,” as Colossians 3:13 teaches us.

“Good” basically is being morally honorable in character and therefore beneficial in its effect to others.

Paul wrote in Romans 12:17, “Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”

As we begin a new year, may we all strive to be counted among “the people who are still good.”