The Story of Good – Learning to Steward the Good Within.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. ~ Matthew 5: 8 (NIV)
“Good gone sour? How, Spirit?” I asked.
“Good, My friend, is the lifeline of God’s universe.
God’s Good is much like the blood in your body.
Blood, as you know, takes the nutrients from the food you eat,
Combines it with much-needed oxygen,
Distributing life to every cell in your body.”
“As blood flows through your veins and arteries,
It also picks up any impurities,
Moving them through your liver,
Where they are eventually washed out of your system,
Via the flow of liquids throughout your body.”
“When the circulation of life-giving blood is somehow restricted,
Slowed down, or cut off to a portion of your body,
Cells begin to suffer and will eventually die,
Unless circulation is restored.”
“The key to a healthy life then is for your blood to stay pure,
Keep moving, circulating throughout your body,
Transporting life wherever it goes.”
“God’s Good is the same way.
If Good stops circulating,
Stops flowing throughout all Creation,
Life itself begins to shrivel up and die.
Uncirculated Good can actually become rancid.
Good becomes Sour,
Producing an ungodly stench in the nostrils of God.”
“That stench is called Evil.”
“God Himself is aware of this great need for circulation,
His Love keeps the power of Good flowing outwardly,
Never hoarding Good for Himself.”
“That’s the primary reason God, who is One,
Is God, Three in One.”
“It’s this constant circulation of Good that keeps Us alive and well.
We’ve learned how to not allow Good to go sour,”
“Receiving and Giving. Giving and Receiving.”
“This is the core principle of the Triune God.
Good flows from Father to the Son,
To the Spirit and back again to the Father.”
“And it is Good.”
Ponder on these things:
What words would you use to describe something or someone good?
Name someone or something in your life that seems to embody the word good. Why?
What might pure good look like in your life? Describe it.
Over a period of about eight weeks (3 sessions per week), we will take you on a poetic journey (26-sessions) we call The Story of Good. We suggest you bookmark our blog series homepage to keep all the writings in one place for your future reference. Take note that each blog session begins with a short scripture reading. My suggestion is that you don’t hurry through, or skip the text, but treat it as a Lectio Divina reading where you slow down and sit a bit with God’s Word, allowing it to penetrate and influence you as you read. Each session also ends with a few thoughts to ponder on. I look forward to hearing some of your insight as we journey together!
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