As far back as I can remember I knew that being good is the right choice. It did not take a lot of intelligence to come to that conclusion. If my parents and teachers thought of my behavior as good, they would give their approval. The opposite, bad actions would result in disapproval. Good behavior is rewarded. Bad behavior leads to discipline and punishment. Knowledge is not enough. At times I made wrong choices and suffered the consequences.
Jesus discussed the issue with a man. We aim for a good character. We reach for perfection, trying to earn God's approval. "Jesus started to leave, but a man ran to him and fell on his knees before Jesus. The man asked, Good teacher, what must I do to get the life that never ends? Jesus answered, Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone (Mark 10:17-18 NCV)." We know Jesus never sinned; and yet He gave God all the glory. The Lord knew that greed controlled the man's life. Good behavior would spring from a changed heart. Sadly, the man walked away without saving faith. The good life is found in a walk with the Lord.
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