Are You Good Person? What Is 'Good'?

What is good? That which is morally right; righteousness. To be desired or approved of. Well.

by Mike Corthell

We human beings for the most part think like to think that we are 'good' — good people but that is only a subjective opinion. But do we really? Is there anyway to tell if we are truly good? What is being a good person really? I'll tell you right from the start that there is no one that is good, no not one, but more on that later. Let's just see if we are 'pretty good'.

''I took it to heart that in order to be a good person,
you never said anything mean about anybody.''
Carly Simon

Many people we know — including ourselves — have done bad things, or said them or thought them. We are human. Things like losing our temper with a loved one, even risking the lives of their children while driving drunk, being mean to a vulnerable person, stealing from a store, thinking murderous thoughts, feeling contempt for a spouse, or cheating on them. Most of us feel ashamed when we do these things. Those who don't are still human but maybe unreachable or maybe not, optimism is a very good thing!

Our thinking may go like this: ''I am not good.'' and then, ''I am good.'' Back and forth. But usually the ''I am bad voice'' in our head wins. That critical, shaming voice is usually much louder than the protecting, encouraging and nurturing one.

How do we accept that we can be basically a good person and do such bad things but still have hope to be a better person moving forward into the future? THAT is the real question here.

 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good?
No one is good except God alone.

The answer lies in the above quote from the Gospel(which means GOOD news by the way)

It is God's way of saying that only God is wholly good. That complete goodness is only He. He is complete. We, who are made by Him is His image need something to be complete, to complete our goodness. A Savior.

We all need to be forgiven. How to best be forgiven? Forgive others.

''When you are praying and you remember that you are angry with another person about something, forgive that person. Forgive them so that your Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.”
— Jesus Christ

Having faith is a partnership with God. He says, ''Do what I do, and be like me.''

Do good things and good things will happen.