Self-Help or Freedom?
So how good are we?
"The fool has said in his heart,
'There is no God.'
They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity;
There is none who does good.
God looks down from heaven upon the children of men,
To see if there are any who understand, who seek God.
Every one of them has turned aside;
They have together become corrupt;
There is none who does good,
No, not one."
"...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
According to Scripture, none of us is good! HOWEVER:
"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever."
"Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness."
God is good! Salvation in Jesus Christ means we are covered by His righteousness and freed from bondage to sin:
"For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin."
Hallelujah! Freedom from sin means we can do good; because of His power and by His grace, we can do good.
Does that look like self-help to you?
Nope. It's a whole lot more substantial and freeing, friends.
Written by Amy Parsons.