Sandy asked a great question on my last post, and it bears repeating and addressing. Since God is the only good, Sandy wondered about the verses featuring a call to do good, like this one: “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21 KJV). What does it mean to overcome evil with good if God is the only good? The only answer I have for any of this is another question: What is the source for the good in my life?
What is the source of my ‘goodness?’ What is behind and beneath the ‘good’ in my life? What is the motive? A lovely woman who called Shulamite Ministries yesterday asked nearly the same question as Sandy, and as we talked, she used the word motive. And that word is apt here! The motive is the heart behind the ‘good’ word or deed. The motive reveals the source.
Human ‘goodness’ is sourced in the flesh, which is Satan. The true motive can be hidden from all but God, but in the end, He knows. And the ultimate fruit of human goodness is death. That’s all it can be.
God as Source is Life
How great is the goodness You have stored up for those who fear You. You lavish it on those who come to You for protection, blessing them before the watching world.
Psalm 31:19 NLT
When God is the source of good in my life, when His goodness motivates my word or action, then that is the good that overcomes evil. That is the good that replies to those who hate me. It is the goodness of God alone that confounds my enemies.
I think that there’s considerably more on the subject of God’s goodness, but this is all I have at the moment. Just the question, “What’s the source of the goodness?” The Holy Spirit is faithful to show me when my focus is goodness instead of the Lord, and that’s usually when I stumble. When my eyes are where they should be, fixed on Jesus, then the Spirit takes care of everything else. Good thing, too, because this dumb sheep can’t handle anything!
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
James 1:17 NKJV