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“I was starting to feel being good isn’t good for me” Woke up with these thoughts…..
“Good” here refers to a way of life in which the security, well-being and happiness of others is actively meaningful, and in which this meaning centers not just on the near and dear, but leans outward to all humanity. Such goodness can be expressed in many ways as needed by beneficiaries – intentional acts of kindness, helping and volunteering, empathic listening, compassion as affective empathy in response to suffering, creativity, forgiveness, loyalty, mentoring, respect, and justice.
We do “good” for the sake of others, but as a by-product or side effect the agent of goodness is very likely to discover meaning, purpose, gratification, deeper relationships, resiliency, hope, joy, and even health and longevity.
Being “good” can get you far in our world. Good behaviour wins praise, commuted jail terms, and tangible rewards. Good deeds net accolades and often tax benefits. Good things come to those who wait, who do good for others, who spread good “karma.” And we celebrate “goodness” the most during this time of year.
But what if our “good” deeds are just a mask for the bad things we hide inside?
Atheists tell us that we should be good for goodness sake, that people can be good without God. But they don’t tell us how they know or how they measure what is “good.”
The problem with the world’s understanding of “goodness” is that there’s no foundation, no solid definition. We all have our own ideas about what’s acceptable and what’s not or what deserves praise and what doesn’t. In fact, one person may condemn what another person sees as “for the greater good.”
The truth is that “being good” is not good enough. In fact, our own good deeds are nothing more than filthy rags we hope will cover our faults and failures.
For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment. (Isaiah 64:6)

But you don’t have to make your own way—you don’t have to hope that you’re doing enough.
A little over 2,000 years ago or more, something truly good happened—something that is like nothing else before or since. You may have heard the story before, but have you really listened?
Jesus came to earth because He knew that our own attempts at being good would never get us anywhere. God had given us laws to obey and we completely failed to keep them—we have sinned against a holy God. He saw us struggling—and He came to struggle right alongside us, to know what it’s like to be human. And the amazing part is that He lived a perfect life never sinning by violating any of God’s laws. He understood goodness because He is the living definition.
But He didn’t do that to rub it in or to make us feel bad. He lived a perfect life so that He could show us the way, could make us right with our Creator. God’s penalty for sin is death, but Christ has freed us from the bondage of death by dying on the Cross as a substitute for us. He took the guilt and showed us how empty “being good” is without Him.

No one is good—except God alone. (Luke 18:19)

Your own good deeds, they’ll never get you anywhere, never make you free of your sin debt. But Jesus Christ came to earth, died as a substitute, and rose to life to do something we couldn’t do ourselves: He gave us new life, new hope, new birth.
If you’ve never experienced this freedom, you can do so right where you are. Ask God to forgive your sins against Him in the past and believe that Christ came to take the penalty for your disobedience and show you what goodness is all about.
Shallom

Whitney Edna Ibe is the Executive Consultant, Life Coach, and Writer/ Editor at Whitney Ibe Consult (Blog), Flyhiee.com, The Social Talk, and Penprofile.com. She is in charge of consultations, services, and implementation. Whitney is a full-time Inspirational Blogger and Writer making a living from this new and active medium. I'm also an author and speaker. She started Whitney Ibe blog in 2016 after she stumbled on a blog post by the blogger; shattered in him. She fell in love with blogging immediately. She explored issues of religion, relationship, culture, society, spirituality, politics, and music. She is doing what she loves to do, which is writing and inspiring people to become better versions of themselves. Her goal is to add value to your world than you ever dreamed possible by providing you with life-changing, inspiring, motivating articles, blog posts, poetry, and short stories. As a life coach, consultant, Edna is focused on an individual's personal development and happiness. She is skilled at providing structured questions to help coordinate an individual's thoughts and has excellent reasoning skills for helping clients set tangible goals. She is incredibly helpful and not prudent with her knowledge. She knows what she’s doing and loves helping others to achieve their goals as well. Many of the top bloggers on WordPress and on various websites have learned from her writing style and it has helped them to get their blogs to where they are now. Her website is full of great material to help you follow in her footsteps. She has helped so many bloggers and I can’t praise her enough.  You will learn so much from her.  She has one of those sites that you can easily get lost in reading all of her amazing posts. She loves dessert especially chocolate mixed with whipped cream and strawberries. She enjoys long walks on the beach.

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