For Goodness Sake, What Good Are You?

1 John has 5 chapters. Let’s read one chapter each day. In 5 days you will have read an entire book of the Bible!

What good are you?1 John 1

I like good people. The world is full of good people. The problem is that good is not the standard.

Jesus is the standard.

Following him isn’t about being good. It’s about becoming godly. It’s not about being better than most. It’s about trusting Jesus to forgive our sin.

Jesus will forgive the worst thing you’ve ever done. More than that, he will forgive the worst thing you haven’t done yet.

Does God like good people? Sure. But goodness isn’t enough to give you a right relationship with him or anyone else.

Good people get divorced.
Good people fight with their kids.
Good people lose their jobs.
Good people make mistakes.

Jesus can save them all.

1 John 1:5-6 say, ‘This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth.”

You may think those verses are talking about the good things you do. ‘Walk in the light’ surely means, “Go be good.” But read the rest of the context. ‘Walk in the light’ means confess your sin. Recognize your lack of genuine goodness. Realize that good is not enough. Understand that you desperately need the forgiveness that only comes from God. To believe anything less is to settle for living a lie. The promise is clear. “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9.

Stop parading your goodness around like it means something. Instead, place your faith in Jesus and discover the exponential power of your goodness replaced by his holiness.

Good is good. Jesus is better.


Heavenly Father,

Kids are often afraid of the dark, and for good reason. Scary things often live in the dark. Thank you for shining your light into the darkness. Thank you for using that light to show us the limits of own abilities. Thank you for helping us see that life is so much more than we can imagine on our own. Today, help me walk in the light of your forgiveness. I want to live a good life, but I don’t want to stop there. Help me become godly. Forgive my sin and fill me with your righteousness, peace, joy and your Holy Spirit. I want to walk in the light of your forgiveness and help others do the same.

I love you, in Jesus name –

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